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Carvers Creek State Park
Long Valley Farm Access area off East Manchester Road in Spring Lake, NC is Open as the Park's Interim Development is complete.
Interim facilities include 1.75 round-trip miles of hiking trails, including a half-mile, one-way hike to fish at the millpond and observation deck, view the historic Rockefeller house, spring house, pavilion and other historic structures. Several picnic sites have been put into place, and a ranger contact station is open to the public seven days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm or longer if staffing allows. The park phone number is (910) 436-4681.
update on: 2015-02-27 11:18:28

Chimney Rock State Park
CLOSURE ALERT: Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access / Seasonal Jobs Available
A new climbing policy at the Rumbling Bald Access has been put into place. All climbers must fill out a free climbing permit before bouldering or rock climbing. Permits are available at the parking lot kiosk.

Organized groups of climbers must register at least two weeks in advance by submitting a Special Activity Permit application to the park superintendent.
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Chimney Rock State Park is hiring full-time and part-time seasonal positions for maintenance, interpretation, and natural resource work. Submit state government job applications (PD-107s) to the state park office by April 3.
update on: 2015-03-26 07:35:38

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
All trails open at this time. Swim lake will open for 2015 summer season on Saturday, May 23.

update on: 2015-03-25 13:51:44

Crowders Mountain State Park
Expect Parking Delays or Gate closures on nice weather weekends.
Remember that parking in undesignated areas is illegal and could result in citation/fines/towing of your vehicle. Staff are doing everything they can to provide parking as safely and efficiently as possible.

The park's attendance swelled to over 577,000 visitors in 2014 and is showing the same trend so far in 2015. The vast majority of visitors come on weekends and holidays, resulting in no parking spaces being available, long waits to get a parking space, and, in some cases, staff being required to close the gates temporarily for safety reasons.

If at all possible please avoid coming to the park between 10AM-4PM on pretty weekends and holidays, be patient if you have to wait to get a parking space, and, if you find the gate closed, try to come back during a less busy time.

Thanks for your help!

update on: 2015-03-21 16:12:24

Dismal Swamp State Park
Update: Monday 3/2/2015- The Boardwalk and most trails have been re-opened. The Supple-jack hiking trail remains closed.

update on: 2015-03-02 15:55:48

Eno River State Park
All areas open.
All park areas open. Pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution. Trails will be extremely slick. (2/27/15)
update on: 2015-02-27 14:40:04

Fort Macon State Park
Bathhouse Restrooms Closed for Renovation
Renovation work has started on the Fort Macon Bathhouse. During the construction process the old public restrooms will be closed with temporary facilities provided near the parking lot. Access to the picnic shelters and beach will still be available, but some areas of the board walk near the bathhouse will be closed to the public as a construction zone. We hope to have the downstairs public restrooms complete and reopened by late spring or early summer of 2015.
update on: 2015-03-10 12:42:46

Gorges State Park
All roads and trails are open. Remember to dress appropriately for changing weather conditions. 3/26/15
All roads and trails are open. Remember to dress appropriately for changing weather conditions. 3/26/15
update on: 2015-03-26 12:37:24

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.


If you are hiking to the swinging bridge (in the private Grandfather Mountain attraction): you must have a pre-arranged ride or hike back down the trail. The attraction staff is not permitted to give rides to hikers and hikers are not permitted to hike down the Attraction road.
Call 828.733.4337 for Attraction gate hours.

BE AWARE THAT RIDGELINE CONDITIONS ARE MORE EXTREME THAN LOWER ELEVATIONS. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS HIKE IF YOU ARE NOT PHYSICALLY PREPARED AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED.
update on: 2015-03-23 10:19:20

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Bathhouse Scheduled to re-open March 14, 2015. Ferry Service scheduled to resume April 3, 2015, Annual Ferry Passes Now Available for 2015 Ferry Season!
The bathhouse on Bear Island is now open. Indoor restrooms and outdoor showers are functional. Hot water is currently unavailable in the indoor showers due to damage during freezing temperatures.

Ferry Service for the 2015 season will resume April 3, 2015. Please click the Ferry Schedule link on the left of this page for a complete listing of ferry departure days and times. Annual ferry passes for the 2015 are available for $50.00 at the park office. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2015-03-13 17:02:31

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Campground information
Crosswinds campground is closed for the season. All camping loops are scheduled to open Monday, March 30, 2015.

Poplar Point Campground : Loops B, C and E are open for camping. Loop F is scheduled to open Monday, April 13, 2015.



update on: 2015-03-22 19:15:33

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
JC Cooper Showerhouse Maintenance
During the week of March 16-23, 2015, only one shower stall per side (mens and womens) will be available for use due to painting. The showerhouse in Area 3 (sites 111-123) will be available for park visitor use.
update on: 2015-03-14 12:02:05

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are closed. Catawba River Area campground is open thru Nov. 30. Hidden Cove Boat Access is open for the season.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are temporarily closed to allow them to dry out following recent precipitation. To protect the trails from damage and keep our riders safe during these hazardous conditions, they will be closed whenever trails are too wet to allow riders. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open.
update on: 2015-03-25 14:09:01

Lumber River State Park
Chalk Banks Access Area is open again as of 2-26-15.
Ice storm damage has been removed from Chalk Banks Access Area and all facilities there are fully open again for visitors to safely enter. Enjoy your visit.
update on: 2015-02-28 17:18:00

Mayo River State Park
Mayo River State Park is operating under its normal schedule.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2015-03-24 11:14:01

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information:
03/26/2015 updated at 8:00 am. Current conditions: 41 degrees with partly cloudy skies, West winds 20-26 mph. Yesterday's high was 48 degrees with an overnight low of 35 degrees.

Mount Mitchell State Park is open. The parkway remains closed south of Mt Mitchell to Asheville.

Year to date snow total 107 inches.

Be advised sections of trails are ice covered.


update on: 2015-03-26 08:13:54

Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park Bridle Trails are OPEN.

update on: 2015-03-16 11:21:08

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.50 with about 4.0 feet of water in the ramp area. Most boats will have little difficulties loading/unloading.

Canoe Artifacts have been moved to East Carolina University for restoration and are temporarily off exhibit. Please contact the park office at 252-797-4475 for more information.
update on: 2015-02-22 09:14:12

Pilot Mountain State Park
3-26-2015 - The Bridle/Corridor Trail is closed due to wet conditions. This alert will be removed when it reopens. We are now accepting applications for a 'Park Attendant'. This position is seasonal and will last 11 months. It is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in a career in parks because it allows you to be involved in a wide variety of daily park tasks required to effectively operate a state park. If interested please complete the application found at this link http://ncparks.gov/Jobs/docs/pd107ltr.doc and submit it to the park office via mail, or in person. You can also email it to: pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
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The Mountain is located at exit 131 on US Highway 52/I-74. Do not use GPS to reach the mountain. Google Maps is directing visitors to our river section 20 miles away. If coming from the north, enter "town of Pilot Mtn" on your GPS and drive 1 more exit south. If coming from the south enter "King, NC" on your GPS and continue north.



PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK WEATHER FORECAST: http://tinyurl.com/d4qve9p

Equestrians - To preserve park bridle trails for your continued use and enjoyment, all trails are closed to horses after rain. Riding on wet trails creates hazardous areas and erodes the trail. Riding trails when wet will cause their closure for maintenance and their closure to bridle use. If it has rained, wait to ride another day. DUE TO LEGAL AGREEMENT THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT THE RIVER IS CLOSED TO HORSES. DO NOT RIDE ALONG OR ACROSS THE RAILROAD.
update on: 2015-03-26 08:19:02

Raven Rock State Park


update on: 2015-03-17 16:56:38

Stone Mountain State Park
03/26/15 Stone Mountain Loop, Lower Middle Falls Trail,Wolf Rock, Cedar Rock and Blackjack Trails are closed for construction.
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update on: 2015-03-26 08:45:26

William B. Umstead State Park
Heavy Equipment on all Multi-use Trails
During the next few weeks there will be heavy construction equipment on all areas of the Multi-use Trails during the week day. Please use extreme caution when entering or approaching these construction vehicles.
update on: 2015-03-14 10:10:54