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Chimney Rock State Park
PERMIT ALERT: New Rumbling Bald Climbing Permits
Chimney Rock State Park has implemented a climbing, rappelling, and bouldering registration and permit system for the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. This is the same permit system that is used in other State Parks. The permits are available free of charge and are located at the trailhead of the Rumbling Bald Trail.
update on: 2014-10-30 08:24:09

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
The park's annual Trunk-or-Treat event is scheduled for Halloween Friday, Oct. 31, at the Swim Lake parking lot. The trunk-or-treat will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Park staff will serve hot dogs, chips and drinks at the concession; offer a "Haunted Canoe Ride" for children ages 3-10; and show a haunted movie on the beach beginning at 7:45 p.m.. To host a trunk-or-treat vehicle, please contact the park office at (919)778-6234.

update on: 2014-10-29 15:54:53

Crowders Mountain State Park
No water at Boulders Access Area
Due to mechanical issues there is no water at our Boulders Access. Please be aware that there are no bathroom facilities or dog watering station available. Please plan accordingly.
update on: 2014-10-23 15:45:05

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


If you are hiking to the swinging bridge (at 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: 2014-10-30 15:18:04

Hammocks Beach State Park
Ferry Service Now Closed for the 2014 Season, Bear Island bathhouse open through November 16, 2014.
Ferry Service for the 2014 season has ended. Ferry operations are scheduled to resume in April, 2015. The bathhouse including restroom facilities, and potable water will remain open through November 16, 2014. After this date the building will be winterized with all water on Bear Island shut off and the bathhouse closed until March, 2015. Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2014-10-27 15:12:43

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.

Parker's Creek Campground: The group camp sites will close Monday, November 17. Loops 1, 2, and 4 north will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2014/winter 2015 camping season. On Monday, November 17, 2014, all water will be cut off to individual campsites for the winter months. If you should need water, please use the frost proof water spigots located at each shower house. The shower houses will remain open with hot water.

Poplar Point Campground : Loops F, G, H and J closed Tuesday, September 2 . Loops B, C and E will close Monday, November 3 for the 2014 camping season.

update on: 2014-10-10 11:27:56

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Boardwalk Closed for Repairs November 10-12
The boardwalk located behind the visitor center will be closed for repairs November 10-12, 2014. Visitors may still access the dunes using any number of alternative paths located in the park. For more specifics, check with one of our knowledgeable visitor center staff. We apologize for any inconvenience while we make the necessary repairs.
update on: 2014-10-31 14:34:28

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Construction at Hibernia
Park personnel are in the process of renovating campsites 93-97 in Hibernia Area 2. Hibernia closes on October 27th and the renovation work will likely last through the remainder of the Hibernia season.

All other sites in Hibernia Area 2 are open. However, there will be noise and construction traffic associated with the site renovations. Work is currently only scheduled for weekdays.

update on: 2014-10-27 12:42:38

Lake James State Park
All Mountain Bike Trails are Open.
Lake James Mountain Bike trails are open today. The detour route between West and East Wimba loops is now closed. Riders should use the newly-opened bridge to ride between loops.

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.

Hiking the mountain bike trails is permitted whenever the trails are open. For the safety of all trail users, hikers must maintain vigilance for bikers and yield whenever mountain bikes are passing.
update on: 2014-10-30 08:03:07

Lake Norman State Park
Visitor Center Construction & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction on the park’s new visitor center is in progress. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trail trailhead. The area around the construction site, including the parking area, is closed to public use until further notice. Boat rentals are closed indefinitely. Itusi Trail users may only park at the swimming area. This does not affect any other facilities at the park, including the campgrounds and swimming area.

update on: 2014-10-13 09:43:36

Mayo River State Park
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-10-10 11:32:26

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
All Natural Area Roads, Trails and Public Restrooms are now open.

update on: 2014-10-23 12:42:57

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
10/31/2014 updated at 5:10 pm /b> Current temperature is 31 degrees with light snow showers. High yesterday was 49; Low last night was 29 degrees.
There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect starting this evening through Saturday evening for elevations above 3,500 ft.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed both to the north and south and Mount Mitchell is closed.
update on: 2014-10-31 17:13:30

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trails are open. October 31, 2014 _______________________________________

update on: 2014-10-31 12:01:39

New River State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate New River State Park,
Due to conditions beyond our control, in most cases using the park's address in any brand of vehicle GPS unit will not give you directions to the central park area, U.S. Hwy 221 access. This location is misidentified on the master map that these units use to pinpoint addresses. Instead, we suggest using either the actual GPS coordinates, 36.467680,-81.340350, or the following address exactly as typed: 10000 U.S. 221, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
update on: 2014-10-10 11:48:14

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.30 with about 3.6 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: 2014-10-20 10:10:30

Pilot Mountain State Park
Parking Updates and Directions: Expect up to 1 hour wait for parking this weekend due to "leaf peeping". Click alert to find alternate parking areas to avoid the crowds.


Fall is in the air and up to 1 hour waits for parking have returned. Once the mountain reaches capacity then one car will be let in as one leaves. No exceptions. If you are coming to hike and want to avoid the crowds please use these coordinates to reach our satellite parking areas:

Avoid the crowds! Pilot Mountain State Park Alternate Parking Areas for Hiking:

To reach trails at the Mountain:
Parking for the Mountain trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, and the Northern End of the Corridor Trail:
36.328204, -80.462771

To reach trails at the River Section: Surry County
Parking for the Southern End of the Corridor Trail, and the Yadkin Islands Trail:
36.267636, -80.496017

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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.



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: 2014-10-24 15:23:35

Raven Rock State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate Raven Rock State Park;
Due to conditions beyond our control, online and mobile navigation software is not directing visitors to the correct areas of the park. DO NOT set your navigation to "Raven Rock State Park".
To reach the central area of the park and hiking trails, we suggest using the address exactly as typed: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC, 27546 or GPS coordinates: 35.459259, -78.912911
To reach the bridle trails, we suggest using the address exactly as typed: 1550 River Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 or GPS coordinates: 35.484444, -78.903324

update on: 2014-10-17 08:59:12

South Mountains State Park
ALL BACKCOUNTRY (HIKE TO) SITES AND ALL FAMILY (DRIVE UP TO SITES) ARE NOW RESERVABLE
All backcountry campsites and family (drive to sites) are now reservable in advance. Walk-ins are still allowed, but are guaranteed for one night only. Campers planning multiple nights are encouraged to make advanced reservations. Campers must occupy only the camping area and site number that the reservation is made for.
update on: 2014-10-10 11:56:34

Stone Mountain State Park
FOOD DRIVE during the month of October
During the month of October Stone Mountain is conducting a Food Drive for the Samaritans Kitchen of Wilkes. If you would like to participate you may drop off your non-perishable donations at the Visitor Center from 8 am - 5 pm or the Contact Station in the Campground from 4:30 pm - 8 pm daily. Thank you in advance for all your donations and helping us feed our neighbors.
update on: 2014-10-23 16:36:19

William B. Umstead State Park
Construction on Multi-Use Trail
Maintenance will have heavy equipment and construction on the Multi-Use trail between Trenton Gate to Beals Gate. Please use caution when accessing this area.
update on: 2014-10-26 09:05:21