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Chimney Rock State Park
Possible Winter Weather Closures / Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access
Due to changing weather conditions during the winter months, operations and public access at Chimney Rock State Park may be affected. Hazardous conditions, such as icy trails, falling ice, and high winds, may develop, and portions or all of the park may be closed for visitor safety.

Please call ahead before planning your visit to the park. Call the park office at (828) 625-1823 or the concessionaire office at 800-277-9611 before traveling to the park for up-to-date weather information and a list of trail, building, and feature closures.
A new climbing policy at the Rumbling Bald Access has been put into place. All climbers must fill out a free climbing permit before rock climbing or bouldering. 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.
update on: 2014-11-21 09:07:14

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
The park's Annual Christmas Flotilla and Tree Lighting event is planned for Friday, Dec. 5, to begin at 6 p.m. The park staff and Friends of Cliffs of the Neuse will host the event that will feature a flotilla on the lake; pizza, drinks, and chips with chili will be served at the concession; the annual Christmas Tree lighting; and a visit from Santa Claus. To enter a small craft in the flotilla (no gas engines) please contact the park office.

update on: 2014-11-17 16:06:23

Crowders Mountain State Park
Expect Parking Delays on Weekends
Despite our leaves being past peak color, the park is still very popular on weekends when the weather is nice. Sparrow Springs Road Access and Linwood Road Access can both experience wait times of up to 30 minutes for a parking space.

Please understand that if park staff are directing traffic or if you are turned away from an access area, it means all available parking spaces at ALL parking areas is currently full. This is especially important to understand at the Sparrow Springs Road Access.

Visitors planning on coming to the park on nice weather weekends are encouraged to have a "Plan B" in the event they are turned away due to capacity crowds.

Visitors are also reminded that parking is only allowed in designated, marked spaces. Parking on road shoulders, grass medians, or anywhere not marked as a parking space is not allowed and can result in both a citation and/or towing of the vehicle at the owners expense.
update on: 2014-11-02 09:25:22

Elk Knob State Park

update on: 2014-11-20 10:03:26

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: 2014-11-20 14:42:07

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Bathhouse Winterized Now Through the Mid March 2015. Please note there are NO Restroom Facilities and NO Potable Water on Bear Island. Ferry Service is Closed for the Season, and Scheduled to Resume in April 2015.
Facilities on Bear Island are closed for the 2014 season. The bathhouse is winterized and all water has been shut off. Restroom Facilities are closed through mid March 2015. Bear Island will remain open for camping but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Ferry Service for the 2014 season has ended and ferry operations will resume in April, 2015. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2014-11-17 08:38:19

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.

New Hope Overlook Primitive campgrund is closed for the season. Campground will reopen March 02, 2015.

Poplar Point campground is closed for the season. Loop E is scheduled to open Monday, March 09, 2015. Loop C is scheduled to open Monday, March 16, 2015. Loop B is scheduled to open Monday, March 23, 2015.

Parker's Creek Campground: 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.

Vista Point campground is closed for the season. Camping will resume March 02, 2015.
update on: 2014-11-17 15:23:19

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

Lake James State Park
All Mountain Bike Trails are Closed today. Canoe and kayak rentals have ended for the season.
Mountain Bike Trails Are Closed Today.

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: 2014-11-23 14:43:28

Lake Norman State Park
Visitor Center Construction & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction is continuing on the park’s new visitor center. A portion of the parking lot is now open to the public. However, the Visitor Center building, all areas around the construction site, and any blocked off areas of the parking lot remains closed to public use until further notice. Boat rentals are closed indefinitely. This does not affect any other facilities at the park, including the campgrounds and swimming area.

update on: 2014-11-19 11:57:19

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

Merchants Millpond State Park
Water in Bennett's Creek is extremely low, access to Bennett's Creek campsites is limited. Please call park office prior to your visit.

update on: 2014-11-11 16:14:32

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
11/19/2014 - The public restrooms at the picnic area are now closed for the winter months. Restrooms are available at the park office.

update on: 2014-11-20 08:32:31

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
11/23/2014 updated at 7:45 am - Current conditions 37 degrees with light rain and dense cloud cover. Yesterday's high was 45 degrees over night low 33 degrees.

Mount Mitchell State Park will be closed until further notice due to water main break.

The Blue Ridge Parkway access from the north and south of Mount Mitchell remains closed.

update on: 2014-11-23 07:50:34

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trails are CLOSED. Nov. 23, 2014. _______________________________________

update on: 2014-11-23 10:10:36

New River State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate New River State Park,
When using a mobile GPS unit to locate US Hwy. 221 access, 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. When locating
Wagoner Access Area use the address 1477 Wagoner Access Road or the GPS coordinates; 36.414092, -81.389572.
update on: 2014-11-19 13:55:33

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 10.85 with about 3.0 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: 2014-11-03 11:56:27

Pilot Mountain State Park
Beginning 11-10-2014 - The North River Section of the Park is closed for construction. The corridor trail parking area will remain open. The corridor trail and all the hiking trails in the Mountain Section will not be affected by the construction and continue to be open for hiking.
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.


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: 2014-11-18 09:45:17

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: 2014-10-10 11:56:34

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: 2014-11-17 16:22:36