Chimney Rock State ParkThe Hickory Nut Falls Trail is open! / CLOSURE ALERT: Elevator Closed for Repairs / PERMIT ALERT: New Rumbling Bald Climbing Permits / PARKING ALERT: Limited Parking at Rumbling Bald Climbing Access
The elevator and Sky Lounge are closed for repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on getting service restored. The Chimney can still be accessed through 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.
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: 2014-04-21 14:11:04Cliffs of the Neuse State ParkThe crossing at Mill Creek leading to the Bird and Galax trails may be flooded at times due to fluctuating river levels. Use caution if steps are wet.
update on: 2014-04-17 15:29:57Crowders Mountain State ParkExpect parking delays on weekends.
Spring is here and with nice weather people are flocking to enjoy the park. Unfortunately this means that all available parking spaces are being filled early and staying filled. Visitors can expect waits of 30+ minutes in order to get a parking space. Remember that parking anywhere other than a legal parking space can result in a citation.
Also be aware that for safety reasons we can not allow the waiting line to back into the road because it can cause accidents. If you arrive at the park and a ranger is waving you on past, please remain friendly and plan to visit another day.
update on: 2014-04-23 13:08:02Dismal Swamp State ParkThe park is open. Bridge is in operation for all boat traffic.
update on: 2014-03-21 15:31:05Falls 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 08:34:46Gorges 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 4/13/2014 at 10:00 A.M
update on: 2014-04-13 08:12:55Grandfather Mountain State ParkHiking 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.
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: 2014-04-17 10:31:49Hammocks Beach State ParkApril Ferry Schedule is Friday through Sunday, hourly 9:30 until 4:30. No lifeguards on duty and concession stand is closed until Memorial Day weekend. Bear Island bathhouse open daily. Annual Ferry Passes On Sale Now!
Bear Island ferry service operates in April Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, hourly at the bottom of the hour from the mainland beginning at 9:30 am, and at the top of the hour from Bear Island with the last ferry leaving the island at 5:00 pm. Bear Island bathhouse facilities including drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily, indoor showers are open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day. Lifeguards will not be on duty and the concession stand will not be open until Memorial Day weekend. PLEASE bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island and use extreme caution while in the water. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets, carts, and wagons are not permitted on the ferry.
update on: 2014-04-08 09:03:13Jordan Lake State Recreation Area2014 Park Information:
2014 Season Passes are available at the park office.
Poplar Point : Loops B and F will open April 14,2014. Loops G, H and J open May 19, 2014.
Starting the first weekend in April until Memorial Day Weekend an entrance fee of $6 per car and $15 per bus/van is collected on any vehicle that enters any state park property with amenities, even if the individual is visiting friends camping.
After Memorial Day Weekend the fee is paid seven days a week until Labor Day weekend. During the month of September the fee is paid on weekends only until we stop charging for the year, which is the last weekend in September.
An Entrance Fee will also be charged on Friday, April 18, 2014
update on: 2014-04-15 11:02:10Lake James State Park
SWIM 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: 2014-03-14 10:51:17Lake Norman State ParkConstruction 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 July of 2014. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trail trailhead. Access to the shelters, picnic area, fishing dock and Alder Trail is restricted. Boat rentals are closed indefinately. Except for porta-jons, the restrooms are closed. 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: 2014-03-15 15:33:46Lumber 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: 2014-04-22 17:45:54Mayo River State ParkThe park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-04-15 14:19:41Mount 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.
All Natural Area Roads and Trails are OPEN 3/30/14
update on: 2014-03-30 15:53:46Mount Mitchell State ParkMount Mitchell State Park is open.04/23/2014 updated at 10:00 am
Current temperature is 35 degrees under clear skies. Yesterday's daytime high was 46 degrees; overnight low was 32 degrees.
Mount Mitchell State Park is accessible from Hwy 80 on to the parkway.
update on: 2014-04-23 09:57:34Morrow Mountain State ParkDRINKING WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE SUMMIT OF MORROW MOUNTAIN. Drinking water is available at all other areas of Morrow Mountain State Park.
Park visitors, especially hikers, should be aware that due to a power failure, there is no drinking water available at the summit of Morrow Mountain. Drinking water is available throughout the rest of the state park. Restroom facilities at the mountain top and mountain top picnic area are limited to port-a-potties. The Division of Parks and Recreation is currently working with the Office of State Construction to effect repairs to the electrical line servicing the summit area and mountain top well house.
update on: 2014-04-21 08:39:17New 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: 2014-04-23 15:20:10Pettigrew State ParkBoat Ramp Details
Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.38 with about 3.9 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: 2014-04-20 10:47:28Raven 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: 2014-03-23 14:40:23South Mountains State ParkALL BACKCOUNTRY (HIKE TO) SITES ARE NOW RESERVABLE
All backcountry campsites 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: 2014-03-19 09:21:08William B. Umstead State ParkHEAVY CONSTRUCTION - MULTIUSE TRAILHEAD
There will be heavy construction in the area of the Multiuse (Bike & Bridle) Trailhead and Graylyn intersection. Heavy equipment will be in use through June 1, 2014.
update on: 2014-04-09 10:42:36