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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: 2015-06-05 18:16:16

Chimney Rock State Park
CLOSURE ALERT: Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice
The elevator has been experiencing ongoing operational issues, so it will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.25-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
update on: 2015-07-27 07:56:46

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Park has new stand-up paddleboards for rent this summer on the swim lake!

update on: 2015-06-23 16:58:28

Crowders Mountain State Park
Google Maps' Hours are incorrect
Google Maps has recently been showing the park as closed on weekends. This is not correct. Please use the official website http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/crmo/ to find information about the park and hours of operation.
update on: 2015-07-26 10:02:44

Dismal Swamp State Park
Beginning 6/29/15, Laurel and Western Boundary Trails will be closed until further notice.
Please be aware of construction equipment along Kim Saunders Road near these intersections as two new water control structure projects are completed.
update on: 2015-07-02 16:24:12

Eno River State Park
Power restored to Fews Ford Access
The power has been restored to the picnic area and maintenance areas of Few's Ford Access. The bathrooms at the main Few's Ford picnic area are now open.
update on: 2015-07-22 14:34:20

Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Boat Rentals Now Available
Kayaks, Canoes and Paddleboards are now available for rent out of the Rollingview Marina, part of Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Rentals will also be available at the Beaverdam boat ramp area Saturdays and Sundays during the peak summer season. Call The Rollingview Marina at 919-596-2194 for more information.
update on: 2015-07-10 16:11:05

Fort Macon State Park
Bathhouse Renovation Project
Renovation work is still underway on the Fort Macon Bathhouse. The downstairs public restrooms are now open, but the upstairs concession stand and changing rooms are still closed due to the construction. Access to the picnic shelters and beach are still available, but some areas of the board walk near the bathhouse are closed to the public as a construction zone. If no unforeseen problems arise, we hope to have the rest of the project complete by mid summer. In the meantime there is a Pepsi trailer set up near the pay phone that is selling basic drinks and snacks until the new concession stand can be reopened.
update on: 2015-05-26 14:14:51

Goose Creek State Park


update on: 2015-05-09 09:24:38

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: 2015-07-27 15:50:39

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Ferry Service running daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lifeguards on duty and concession stand open. 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 the "Ferry Schedule" link on the left hand menu. Lifeguards will be on duty in the protected swim area daily as staffing permits through Labor Day; as well as the concession stand will be open through Labor Day with drinks and snacks for sale, cash only. Lifeguards and concession stand close at 4:30 Sunday afternoons for inventory and maintenance. 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: 2015-07-08 15:50:37

Hanging Rock State Park
Hanging Rock Weather Station Online
The Hanging Rock State Park weather station is back online. Click "Current Conditions" and follow the link to the weather station page.
update on: 2015-07-30 11:54:23

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are Open Today. A section of the Mills Creek Trail will be closed off for the remainder of summer due to construction of the new tent campground at the Paddy's Creek Area.
Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open. When trails are open riders are reminded to adhere to the directional signs while they ride the trail. The direction of the mountain bike trails was changed on July 1, 2015.


update on: 2015-07-25 07:32:47

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.

update on: 2015-04-08 11:42:17

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
06/03/2015 - The Mountain Ridge Trail is under construction at this time and is unmarked. The trail should open in the Fall of 2015.

update on: 2015-06-03 09:45:09

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information:
07/31/2015 updated at 8:15 am. Current conditions: 52 degrees with partly cloudy skies and winds 13 to 15 miles per hour. Yesterday's high was 69 degrees with an overnight low of 52 degrees.

Mount Mitchell State Park is open.

The parkway is open from the junction of highway 80 (milepost 344) to Mount Mitchell and the section of parkway between Mount Mitchell and Asheville.

Year to date snow total 107 inches.


update on: 2015-07-31 08:14:32

Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park Bridle Trails are OPEN. THE SWIMMING POOL IS OPEN. THE BOATHOUSE IS OPEN.
SWIMMING POOL: Olympic sized swimming pool with depths up to 5'. Enjoy ice cream or a cool drink from our concession stand! Open daily, 10 am to 5:30 pm until Labor Day.

BOAT RENTALS: Rent a canoe or rowboat, pick up a refreshing bottle of spring water, enjoy an ice cream sandwich, or grab a quick snack, bag of ice, firewood, or fishing worms. The BOATHOUSE is nestled on the banks of Lake Tillery, near the Morrow Mountain Boat Ramp. Open daily, 10 am to 5:30 pm. After Labor Day, the BOATHOUSE goes back to Saturdays and Sundays only, until the end of October.
update on: 2015-07-28 12:42:56

Pettigrew State Park
Trail Closings; Boat Ramp Details; Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Due to high water conditions, Bee Tree overlook is closed. The rest of Bee Tree Trail is open. Morotoc Trail is flooded 0.2 miles past the Moccasin overlook. Please call the park office for more details.

Lake Level is 11.67 with about 4.2 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: 2015-06-06 10:05:49

Pilot Mountain State Park
ALL HIKING TRAILS ARE OPENED FOR HIKING WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL. THE CLOSURE ON THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL HAS NO EFFECT ON ANY OF THE OTHER HIKING TRAILS. The Mountain Trail is being converted from a 2.5 mile one way trail to a 4.5 mile loop. The trail is currently closed for construction.Construction is expected to be completed by October. Now accepting applications for Park Attendant position. This is a 40 hour/week position that pays 7.25 per hour. Work involves maintenance of the park and facilities. 95% of work is completed outdoors. For more information call 336-325-2355.
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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. Despite our repeated pleas to Google, they refuse to fix this error. Use the navigational skills that existed before the GPS such as paper maps or keen eyesight. We promise we are in the same location we have been.



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: 2015-07-31 10:28:09

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve
Museum is CLOSED for remodeling. Remarking of trail system in progress. Visitor Center and Trails are open.

update on: 2015-07-21 12:26:04

William B. Umstead State Park
Materials and Equipment at Multi-Use Trail Parking Area
The upper section of the horse trailer portion of the Multi-Use Trail parking area is being used to receive materials for work being done at Camp Sycamore. This area will be coned off and horse trailers will still have room for parking, however, please use caution when accessing this area as there may be rock material and equipment there.
update on: 2015-07-22 16:27:36