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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
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: 2015-08-31 08:37:04

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Swim Lake Users Please Note: Swim lake is now open on weekends only, including the weekends of Aug. 22-23 and Aug. 29-30. Our final weekend of the season for our swim lake operations will be Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 5, 6, & 7. Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals remain available. Thanks for everyone's patronage and support this summer!

update on: 2015-08-26 21:14:06

Crowders Mountain State Park
Canoe Rentals Closed Today
Canoe Rentals Closed Today
Due to below average rainfall this summer, the canoe rentals at Crowders Mountain State Park will be temporarily closed. The lake water level is two feet below full pond. The shallow water in the lake makes launching canoes very difficult and a safety concern for park visitors. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

update on: 2015-08-08 10:02:42

Dismal Swamp State Park
The visitor center and all park trails will be closed Monday, 31 August 2015 while the hydraulic cylinder of the swing bridge is replaced. The work is expected to be completed the same day. Updates will be posted if changes are made to the work schedule.
update on: 2015-08-27 14:02:34

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. Call The Rollingview Marina at 919-596-2194 for more information.
update on: 2015-07-31 11:35:20

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
Swimming Advisory
An advisory against swimming has been posted at the park's swim beach. Swimming in this area is not recommended. Bacteria testing indicates levels that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality standards. State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the advisory when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.
update on: 2015-08-26 13:23:08

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.

update on: 2015-08-28 12:19:11

Hammocks Beach State Park
Through Labor Day Bear Island Ferry Service Runs Daily, Concession Stand Open Wednesday through Sunday, and Lifeguards on Duty Saturday and Sunday through September 7, 2015. Bear Island Bathhouse Open Daily.
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 Saturdays and Sundays only as staffing permits through Labor Day; the concession stand will be open Wednesday through Sunday until 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: 2015-08-28 16:22:39

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

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
CROSSWINDS CAMPGROUND – will close Monday, October 12.

NEW HOPE – primitive camping areas A and B will close Monday, November 16

PARKER’S CREEK CAMPGROUND – Loops 3 and 4 south will close Tuesday, September 08. Loops 1, 2, and 4 north will close Monday, September 28. Group camp will close Monday, November 16.

POPLAR POINT CAMPGROUND - Loops G, H and J will close Tuesday, September 08. Loop F will close Monday, September 28. Loop B will close Monday, November 30. Loops C and E will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2015/winter 2016 camping season.

VISTA POINT – will close Monday, November 16

update on: 2015-08-31 07:50:31

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Dune Rides Suspended
Due to mechanical issues, dune rides are temporarily unavailable. We're working to get our vehicles back online so that we may offer this valuable service. Please check back frequently for updates.
update on: 2015-08-06 09:45:44

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are Open today/A section of Mills Creek Trail is CLOSED/ Low Water Level at Lake James Swimming Area
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open. 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.

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.

Due to the ongoing drought, the water level at Lake James is more than 1-and-1/2 feet below normal. This affects the park swimming area which now has a water depth of less than three feet at the swim line.

update on: 2015-08-31 09:01:24

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

Merchants Millpond State Park
Driveway culverts in the Family Campground will be replaced this Winter. The campground will remain open. Bennett's Creek Campsites are closed due to low water level on Bennett's Creek.

update on: 2015-08-25 15:44:05

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:
08/31/2015 updated at 8:15 am. Current conditions: 51 degrees with sunny skies. Yesterday's high was 61 degrees with an overnight low of 46 degrees. Wind speed is 9 to 10 mph East.

Mount Mitchell State Park is open.

Gift Shop and Concession stand hours have changed. The Gift Shop and Concession stand will be open Thursday - Monday 10am-6pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

update on: 2015-08-31 08:23:53

Morrow Mountain State Park
SWIMMING POOL: wILL BE OPEN THIS SATURDAY, SUNDAY and LABOR DAY MONDAY. After Labor Day, the Pool will be closed for the season.

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: 2015-08-31 09:10:20

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. Please call the park office for more details.

Lake Level is 11.09 with about 3.6 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: 2015-08-01 14:24:11

Pilot Mountain State Park
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PRESCRIBED FIRE ALERTS: To learn more about the park's prescribed burn program and plans for upcoming burns, click this link: http://pilotmountainstatepark.tumblr.com/rss _______________________________________________________________________________ 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.
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.


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: 2015-08-25 08:45:05

South Mountains State Park
13th Annual Nature Day Event Saturday, September 26th from 11am-3pm
A variety of programs, exhibits, hikes and music are scheduled for your enjoyment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Contact the park office for more information at (828)433-4772
update on: 2015-08-20 15:57:55

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

update on: 2015-08-17 15:08:54

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