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Nebo is an unincorporated community in the Nebo Township of eastern McDowell County, North Carolina. The zip code is 28761.



Nebo is named after a Methodist campground that existed before the Civil War. The Western North Carolina Railroad named its depot Nebo after the campground.

The community was incorporated in 1909, with the repeal of the charter coming in 1943.[1]


The primary attraction in Nebo is Lake James. Lake James State Park is located on the southern shore of Lake James near Nebo.


Nebo Elementary School is located in the community. It serves children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The school is part of the last junior high system in the state of North Carolina. Before being incorporated as an elementary school, Nebo was a high school. Part of the high school burnt down years ago.


  1. ^ Powell, William S. The North Carolina Gazetteer: A Dictionary of Tar Heel Places, Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1968.


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