Chimney Rock State ParkREOPENING: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Reopening March 8 / PARKING ALERT: Limited Parking at Rumbling Bald Climbing Access
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to the public on March 8. The major road construction project is still in progress, but once complete it will restore the entrance road to two lanes.
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.
Please 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.
update on: 2014-03-07 13:18:06Cliffs of the Neuse State ParkHikers should be aware that high water from the Neuse River is covering the trail connection across Mill Creek at this time.
The park's new Longleaf Trail is now open and it connects with the older Spanish Moss Trail to feature a two-mile loop from the Visitor Center parking lot. The park's swim lake is now closed for the season until Memorial Day weekend of 2014.
update on: 2014-02-17 15:34:47Crowders Mountain State ParkPrescribed burns are anytime during the first quarter of 2014.
In further efforts to reduce wildfire hazards and restore some areas of the native species within the park, park staff are planning prescribed burns for areas around the Sparrow Springs Access during the first part of 2014. Prescription burns are very weather dependent and may take place with very short notice.
Areas that may be affected by the planned prescribed burns include: the Visitors Center, the picnic areas/shelters, the park lake, the campground areas. Trails that may be affected include: Pinnacle Trail, Fern Trail, Lake Trail, Turnback Trail, and a small section of the Crowders Trail.
If you have plans to visit the park as part of an event or with a group, please contact the park a few days in advance (not weeks). Efforts will be made to notify the public well in advance via radio, newspaper, and television (where feasible). However, we repeat that these burns may take place with short notice because they must take place within restrictive weather conditions.
Questions can be directed to park staff during normal business hours at 704-853-5375. Our plan to attend one of the educational programs on prescribed fire offered during the next few months.
update on: 2014-03-08 12:18:06Dismal Swamp State ParkOpen
update on: 2014-03-08 15:37:50Falls 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: 2014-02-17 08:34:46Fort Fisher State Recreation AreaFour Wheel Drive Beach is reopened as of 3/8/2014
update on: 2014-03-08 11:19:45Gorges State ParkGORGES STATE PARK IS OPEN!!! Trails may have wet spots but otherwise are in good condition. Weather conditions change so frequently, the most effective update is to call the park office at 828-966-9099. Updated 3/7/2014 at 10:00 A.M
update on: 2014-03-07 14:31:25Grandfather 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: 2014-03-09 12:07:17Hammocks Beach State ParkBear Island Bathhouse Scheduled to re-open March 15, 2014. Ferry Service scheduled to resume April 4, 2014, Annual Ferry Passes Now Available for 2014 Ferry Season!
The bathhouse on Bear Island with rest room facilities and potable water are currently winterized, and barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance problems will reopen on March 15, 2014. Prior to March 15, 2014 camping on the island is open but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Ferry Service for the 2014 season will resume April 4, 2014. Annual ferry passes for 2014 are available for $50.00 at the park office. Contact the park office at email@example.com or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2014-02-21 09:31:08Jordan Lake State Recreation Area2014 Park Information:
2014 Season Passes are available at the park office.
Crosswinds Campground is open for camping. Water will not be turned back on until March 31st. Water is available at the shower/bath houses for personal use and at the outside spigots located at each shower house .
Poplar Point Campground; Loops C and E will open April 7th, and Loops B and F will open April 14th.
update on: 2014-03-06 08:02:03Kerr Lake State Recreation AreaCampsite Water Spigot Replacement (J.C. Cooper Campground and Nutbush Area #3)
Contractors are scheduled to begin a water spigot replacement project on January 6th. The water spigots will be replaced on all the sites that are open during winter. The work will begin in J.C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point and likely continue there through January. Work will then move to Nutbush Area #3 where it will likely continue through February. The affected campsites are scheduled to remain open during construction. However, water to campsites may be cut off during the day and be turned back on at night.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Call the park office at (252) 438-7791 for more information.
update on: 2014-02-14 13:33:01Lake James State ParkSWIM BEACH, CONCESSIONS, AND BOAT RENTALS CLOSED FOR SEASON.
CAMPGROUND OPENS MARCH 1.
HIDDEN COVE ACCESS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE LAKE LEVEL RISES.
Prescribed burns may occur anytime through April of 2014. ... details ±
The swim beach is 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 in May.
To further our efforts to reduce wildfire hazards and restore some areas of the park to their natural and historic landscape, park staff are planning prescribed burns for much of the Catawba River Area and sections of the Paddy's Creek Area. Prescription burns are very weather dependent and may take place on very short notice.
Areas that may be affected by the planned prescribed burns include: the Catawba River Area office, picnic areas/shelters, lakeshore, and campground areas. Trails that may be affected include: Fox Den Loop Trail, Lake Channel Overlook Trail, Sandy Cliff Overlook Trail and Mill's Creek Trail.
If you have plans to visit, please contact the park a few days in advance (not weeks). Efforts will be made to notify the public well in advance of any planned burning activity via radio, newspaper and television (when feasible). However, we repeat that these burns may take place with short notice because they must take place within very restrictive weather conditions.
Questions can be directed to park staff during normal business hours at 828-584-7728.
update on: 2014-03-04 07:36:08Lake 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: 2014-03-07 15:10:40Lumber River State ParkBoth 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: 2014-02-18 09:07:44Mayo River State ParkThe park is open and operationing under normal conditions. Snow remains on the ground, and hikers and pedestrians should take care when walking through slush and over slick spots.
As of Saturday, March 8 the roadway has been cleared and the park is open. There is still a lot of snow on the ground, so be careful as you walk. Because of the warm weather that is predicted for the next several days, the snow should melt quickly, though the ground, including trails and walking areas around the ponds, will likely stay wet and soft for several days to come. Wear appropriate footwear and use caution.
update on: 2014-03-08 14:42:40Mount Jefferson State Natural AreaThe 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: 2014-03-04 14:38:16Mount Mitchell State ParkMount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed...03/09/2014 updated at 8:15 am
Currently 28 degrees with northwest winds 37-46 mph with a peak gust of 56 mph; under heavy cloud cover. Yesterday's high was 44; low last night was 28 degrees. We have a total of 13 inches of snow accumulation.
Expect ice/snow on all trails; use caution on the paved path leading up to summit.
WINTER STORM WARNING Winter Storm Warning
update on: 2014-03-09 08:20:33New 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: 2014-02-18 11:53:31Pettigrew State ParkBoat Ramp Details
Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.55 with about 4 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: 2014-03-04 17:26:59Raven Rock State ParkPrescribed burns anytime during early 2014
In further efforts to reduce wildfire hazards and restore some areas of the native species within the park, park staff are planning prescribed burns for the first part of 2014. Prescription burns are very weather dependent and may take place with very short notice. Due to the presence of fire, smoke, or emergency equipment; roads, picnic areas, and trails may be temporarily closed to the public. If you have plans to visit the park as part of an event or with a group, please contact the park a few days in advance.
update on: 2014-03-08 10:02:03