Chimney Rock State ParkCLOSURE ALERT: Elevator Out of Service / PARKING ALERT: Rumbling Bald Climbing Access / CLOSURE ALERT: Hickory Nut Falls Trail Closed for Repairs 2013
The elevator and Sky Lounge are closed due to repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on getting service restored. The Chimney can still be accessed through the Outcroppings Trail.
Due to popularity, parking is limited this time of year at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. Visitors are asked to only park in the designated area: the gravel parking lot and on the left side only. Parking is not permitted along the entrance drive, on the grass or along the wooden bollards. Carpool, arrive early or later in the day to find adequate parking. The Town of Lake Lure has offered the municipal parking lot for use to climbers to carpool from as well. The Master Plan will address climbing access parking and capacity for this section of the state park.
The Hickory Nut Falls Trail at the Chimney Rock Access has been closed indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience. This trail has been damaged by a rock slide and will require significant repairs before it can be reopened to the public.
update on: 2013-12-12 07:48:39Cliffs of the Neuse State ParkSwim lake closed for the season.
The park's swim lake is now closed for the season until Memorial Day weekend of 2014.
update on: 2013-12-09 09:27:11Dismal Swamp State ParkTrail Closures
Trails are currently closed along Bull Blvd. and east Corapeake Rd.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:20:13Falls Lake State Recreation Area Shinleaf Hike-in Site Numbering Changes
The numbering system for the Shinleaf hike-in sites will change effective November 1. Sites 47-89 will change to 1-47. Please call the park office at 919-676-1027 if you need site number clarification.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:23:46Grandfather Mountain State ParkHiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.
If you are hiking to the swinging bridge: 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: 2013-12-09 10:04:16Hammocks Beach State ParkBear Island Bathhouse Winterized Now Through the Middle of March. Please note there are NO Restroom Facilities and NO Water. Ferry Service is Closed for the Season, and Scheduled to Resume April 4, 2014.
Facilities on Bear Island are closed for the 2013 season. The bathhouse is winterized and all water has been shut off. Restroom Facilities are closed through mid March 2014. Bear Island will remain open for camping but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Ferry Service for the 2013 season has ended and ferry operations will resume in April, 2014. Contact the park office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:29:16Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaPark Office and Campground Information
The Park Office/Visitor Center will be open 8 am until 5 pm Monday-Friday during the months of November, December, January and February. The 2014 Season day use passes are now available for purchase at the Visitor Center.
As of November 18, 2013 all water has been cut off to the 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.
Crosswinds and New Hope campgrounds will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2013/winter 2014 camping season.
Parker's Creek Campground, Poplar Point Campground and Vista Point are closed for the season.
update on: 2013-12-09 08:24:09Lake James State ParkSWIM BEACH, CONCESSIONS, AND BOAT RENTALS CLOSED FOR SEASON.
CAMPGROUND AND HIDDEN COVE BOAT ACCESS CLOSED DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY.
The swim beach is now closed for the season. It will re-open on May 1, 2014.
The concession stand as well as canoe and kayak rentals are closed for the season. They will re-open next May.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:55:48Lake Norman State ParkConstruction at Park Lake Area & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction on the park’s new visitor center is underway and will not be completed until at least July of 2014. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trailhead (near the boat rental building). Access to the shelters, picnic area, fishing dock and Alder Trail is restricted. Boat rentals are closed for the year. Except for porta-jons, restrooms are closed. Potable water is not available. At least half of the 240 parking spaces will be blocked off. Parking on road shoulders will not be allowed. Visitors may be directed to park at the swimming area on busy weekends and holidays.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:56:33Lumber River State ParkMany new trees have fallen across the river.
Due to much rain during the early and middle part of the summer, which caused the ground to soften around the tree root systems, there are many newly fallen trees along the river so, if you choose to paddle on sections that park staff have not removed trees from, be prepared to have to portage around or over many new trees across the river. The wider sections of the river, such as through Lumberton, and from the Boardman access at US 74 down to the SC state line, and beyond, are some of the better options to boat without having to deal with possibly many trees across the river channel. These are very nice sections to boat on with all of them being part of the NC Natural and Scenic River System and the National Wild & Scenic River System. These sections, along with the section at Chalk Banks from Turnpike Rd. to Hwy 401, have been cleared of trees by park staff. A new down tree or two is possible even on these recently cleared sections. All other sections will very likely have a significant amount of trees to have to portage.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:58:26Mayo River State ParkThe park is open
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
update on: 2013-12-02 11:59:20Medoc Mountain State ParkSign up for Prescribed Fire Notification List-serve
If you would like to receive electronic notification of prescribed burns, the park would like to ask you for an email address that you can be reached at. Your email will not be shared with anyone, and you will not be included on “reply-all’s” or routine emails from the park. This list-serve would only be used for notification of prescribed fires or emergencies. Prior to a planned prescribed burn you will receive an email and a location of the burn within the state park. If at any time you would like to be removed from this email list you would have the option to have your contact information deleted by calling or emailing the park.
Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to be added to this list serve.
update on: 2013-12-02 12:00:34Mount Jefferson State Natural Area11/22/2013 Public restrooms at the trails head are now closed for the winter season. Public restroom at the park office will be available through the winter months.
update on: 2013-12-02 12:03:33Mount Mitchell State ParkMount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed...12/12/2013 updated at 7:30 am
Currently 11.7 degrees with northwest winds 33-43 mph under sunny skies. Yesterday's high was 32 degrees; low last night was 12 degrees.
Mount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed. There are still some areas of ice and tree debris along the lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
update on: 2013-12-12 07:34:35Morrow Mountain State ParkBridle Trails are open
update on: 2013-12-12 10:14:09New River State ParkAlert: 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, NC
update on: 2013-12-02 12:05:14Pettigrew State ParkBoat Ramp Details
Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 10.97 with about 2.9 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: 2013-12-02 12:06:37Raven Rock State ParkBridle Trails Status: Both Loop Trails are Open; the West Loop is re-routed during the park lot expansion.
Bridle Trails List Serve
The Bridle Trails are currently open but with West Loop re-route during parking lot expansion. Please read below:
Construction has begun on the Bridle Trail Parking Area expansion. Portions of the West Loop near River Road have been closed. The trail has been re-routed to complete the loop on the west side of Avent’s Creek using the trailhead opposite the vault toilet. Heavy machinery and tree felling equipment will be in use during this time. The exit road from the parking lot will be closed and the number of available parking spaces may be reduced temporarily for safety. Traffic will enter and exit on the same driveway. Please plan your visit accordingly during peak use periods. Do not ride on portions of the trail or parking lot that are marked as closed. This project is expected to be completed by January 4, 2014.
Raven Rock State Park has created a list serve for updates on the East and West Loop Bridle Trails. These updates will only be sent when the trail status changes. If you are interested in receiving emails of bridle trail status changes please call the park office and leave your preferred email address at 910-893-4888 extension 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other facilities in the surrounding areas that accommodate horseback riding:
Moss Foundation in Southern Pines, NC 910.695.7811
The American Tobacco Trail Wake, Chatham and Durham Counties. www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM
Uwharrie Ranger District in Troy, NC 910.576.6391
Sandhills Gamelands 919.281.3917
Please note that the gamelands are open to hunting on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Little River Trails in Bunnlevel, NC 910.893.4351
Please note that there is a $5 fee per horse, per day.
update on: 2013-12-02 12:08:05