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Chimney Rock State Park
Elevator and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Open to the Public / PERMIT ALERT: New Rumbling Bald Climbing Permits
The elevator reopened to the public on June 17 after being closed for repairs, and Hickory Nut Falls Trail is open after repairs as well. Visitors can access the Chimney via the elevator or the Outcroppings Trail.
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: 2014-07-21 14:38:38

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Swim Lake and Concession open for July 4, 2014. Open daily, including weekends, from 11:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Concession has food and drinks including pizzas, burgers, and hot pockets.

update on: 2014-07-03 22:03:29

Dismal Swamp State Park
The park is open. Bridge is in operation for all boat traffic.
update on: 2014-03-21 15:31:05

Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Sandling Beach Shelter 4
Shelter 4 at Sandling Beach temporarily has no electric receptacles available.

update on: 2014-07-16 09:54:28

Gorges State Park
Rainfall: Gorges State Park has received 5.37 inches of rain since Friday, 7-18-14, All roads and trails are open. Trails are slick, wear appropriate hiking gear and use caution. Updated: 7-22-14

update on: 2014-07-22 08:42:18

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.

update on: 2014-07-18 12:02:56

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Ferry Service running daily and concession stand open through Labor Day. Lifeguards on Duty Wednesday through Sunday. Bear Island bathhouse open daily. Annual Ferry Passes On Sale Now!
Through Labor Day ferry service to Bear Island operates hourly Monday and Tuesday and every 1/2 hour Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry off Bear Island at 6:00 pm. Please see complete ferry schedule by clicking link on the left hand menu. Lifeguards will be on duty in the protected swim area Wednesday through Sunday as staffing permits through Labor Day; the concession stand will be open through Labor Day with drinks and snacks for sale, cash only. Indoor showers on Bear Island will be open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Pets, Carts and Wagons are not permitted on the ferry.

update on: 2014-07-07 09:46:34

Jones Lake State Park
Paddle boats and canoes can be rented Friday through Sunday and Holidays from 10am until 4:30pm.

update on: 2014-06-03 13:59:24

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Robeson Creek canoe dock is damaged and not to be used. Repairs will be made within the next few weeks.

update on: 2014-07-17 09:30:02

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails Are Closed Today
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.

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.

Users should park in the new parking lot off the state park road at the Paddy's Creek Area. The bike trails must be vacated by 8:30 p.m. each night. Check the web site or call the park office for daily information of trail closures due to weather or other hazards.

View a map of temporary trail detours on the Maps & Directions page.
update on: 2014-07-18 07:47:50

Lake Norman State Park
Construction at Park Lake Area & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction on the park’s new visitor center is in progress and will not be completed until at least September, 2014. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trail trailhead. Access to the Heron shelter, picnic area, fishing dock and Alder Trail is restricted. Boat rentals are closed indefinitely. The restrooms are closed, but there are porta jons. Potable water is not available. At least half of the 240 parking spaces are blocked off. Parking on road shoulders is not allowed. Visitors may be directed to park at the swimming area on busy weekends and holidays. This does not affect any other facilities at the park, including the campgrounds and swimming area.

update on: 2014-07-22 09:26:53

Lumber River State Park
Both Princess Ann and Chalk Banks reopened after ice storm.
Storm debris from the ice storm has been removed from both access areas so that visitors can safely enjoy the park again.

update on: 2014-06-13 16:20:40

Mayo River State Park
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-06-02 13:43:09

Medoc Mountain State Park
Bear Swamp Trail: there is a small foot bridge on Bear Swamp Trail that is in need of repair and when crossed, one needs to use caution.
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 medoc.mountain@ncparks.gov if you would like to be added to this list serve.

update on: 2014-05-30 15:21:48

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

update on: 2014-07-22 08:23:55

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
07/22/2014 updated at 8:00 am Current temperature is 55 degrees under cloudy skies with poor visibility. There is a 50% chance of rain/thunderstorms today and tonight. Yesterday's daytime high was 59 degrees; low last night was 54 degrees.
update on: 2014-07-22 08:05:26

Morrow Mountain State Park

update on: 2014-07-21 20:06:11

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: 2014-07-18 11:42:34

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.24 with about 3.5 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: 2014-07-11 16:13:24

Pilot Mountain State Park
Railroad tracks along the Yadkin river are closed to crossing by horses. Riders can still access the river from Yadkin County. CLICK TO READ ALERT:
Due to a legal agreement with the railroad, the Railroad crossing on the north (surry county) side of the Yadkin River is closed to crossing and riding by horses. This property is owned by the railroad and not the park. Please respect the landowner's wishes, failure to do so is considered trespassing. Riders can still ride out and back to the islands from the south (Yadkin County) side of the river, but must stop at the northernmost big island.



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.
update on: 2014-07-22 08:26:17

Raven Rock State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate Raven Rock State Park; Possibility of upcoming prescribed burning;
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

Depending on weather conditions there may be a prescribed burn at Raven Rock State Park the week of July 1st. Please call the park office (910) 893-4888 for prescribed burn updates.

update on: 2014-07-01 10:14:36

South Mountains State Park
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: 2014-07-21 14:00:49

Stone Mountain State Park
Park Office Hours 7/22 - 7/25
The Park Office will open daily from 1 pm - 5 pm. All campers may check in at 1 pm.
update on: 2014-07-21 18:18:20

William B. Umstead State Park
Construction on Multi-Use Trail
Maintenance will be performing heavy construction in between the concrete bridges between North and South Turkey Multi-Use trail. Please use caution when accessing this area.
update on: 2014-07-01 09:57:40