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Chimney Rock State Park
PERMIT ALERT: New Rumbling Bald Climbing Permits / Elevator and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Open to the Public
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.
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The elevator reopened to the public on June 17 after being closed for repairs, and Hickory Nut Falls Trail is open after repairs as well. Visitors can access the Chimney via the elevator or the Outcroppings Trail.
update on: 2014-10-20 08:43:08

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
The park's annual Trunk-or-Treat event is scheduled for Halloween Friday, Oct. 31, at the Swim Lake parking lot. Park staff will host a costume contest for kids, serve hot dogs and drinks at the concession, and show Halloween movies on the beach, and offer a "Haunted Canoe Ride" for children. To host a trunk-or-treat vehicle, please contact the park office at (919)778-6234.

update on: 2014-10-19 15:58:48

Crowders Mountain State Park
No water at Boulders Access Area
Due to mechanical issues there is no water at our Boulders Access. Please be aware that there are no bathroom facilities or dog watering station available. Please plan accordingly.
update on: 2014-10-10 09:44:26

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.

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: 2014-10-21 12:37:50

Hammocks Beach State Park
Ferry Schedule for October is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, hourly 9:30 until 4:30; no ferry service on Monday through Thursday. The last day of ferry service will be October 26, 2014. No lifeguards on duty and concession stand closed for the remainder of ferry season.
Bear Island ferry service operates in October Friday through Sunday, 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. The last day of ferry service for the 2014 season will be Sunday, October 26, 2014. Lifeguards will not be on duty for the remainder of ferry season and the concession stand will be closed for the season as well. PLEASE bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island. Indoor showers on Bear Island are open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily through November 16, 2014. PLEASE use extreme caution in the water and be aware that dangerous rip currents can occur at any time. 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: 2014-10-10 11:20:02

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.

Parker's Creek Campground: The group camp sites will close Monday, November 17. 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.

Poplar Point Campground : Loops F, G, H and J closed Tuesday, September 2 . Loops B, C and E will close Monday, November 3 for the 2014 camping season.

update on: 2014-10-10 11:27:56

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Construction at Hibernia
Park personnel are in the process of renovating campsites 93-97 in Hibernia Area 2. Hibernia closes on October 27th and the renovation work will likely last through the remainder of the Hibernia season.

All other sites in Hibernia Area 2 are open. However, there will be noise and construction traffic associated with the site renovations. Work is currently only scheduled for weekdays.

update on: 2014-10-20 10:34:26

Lake James State Park
The East Wimba Loop is CLOSED today, but all other bike trails are OPEN.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open today, except for the East Wimba Loop (intermediate loop), to allow it to dry out following recent precipitation.

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: 2014-10-22 08:16:49

Lake Norman State Park
Visitor Center Construction & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction on the park’s new visitor center is in progress. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trail trailhead. The area around the construction site, including the parking area, is closed to public use until further notice. Boat rentals are closed indefinitely. Itusi Trail users may only park at the swimming area. This does not affect any other facilities at the park, including the campgrounds and swimming area.

update on: 2014-10-13 09:43:36

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

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
All Natural Area Roads, Trails and Public Restrooms are now open.

update on: 2014-10-15 08:59:29

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
10/20/2014 updated at 8:28 am Current temperature is 43.2 degrees under sunny skies. High yesterday was 52.5; Low last night was 43 degrees.
update on: 2014-10-20 08:29:22

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trails are open. _______________________________________ Motorist and cyclists should be aware that construction crews will be installing water and sewer lines underneath and beside the park road to the summit for the next several weeks. There may be rough sections of roadway and brief delays while construction is ongoing. Please follow the directions of the flagmen. Other areas of the park; including the lower picnic area, boat ramp, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails will remain open and unaffected by this construction.

update on: 2014-10-17 10:27:39

New River State Park
Alert: 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, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
update on: 2014-10-10 11:48:14

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.30 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: 2014-10-20 10:10:30

Pilot Mountain State Park
North River Section access closed today 10/21 for prescribed burn. Additional Prescribed Burns in October,November,December: Parking Updates and Directions:
“NC State Parks staff will be conducting prescribed burns along the Yadkin River within Pilot Mountain State Park between late October and Early December as weather conditions permit. The burns will be conducted between 11 am and 4pm. Trails leading into prescribed burn areas will be posted and closed during the burn and will be evaluated for safety hazards before they are reopened. Roads adjacent to burn areas will be posted with safety signage. The purpose of the burn is to benefit wildlife habitat, and reduce the amount of hazardous fuels that contribute to wildfire conditions.”
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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.
Fall is in the air and up to 1 hour waits for parking have returned. Once the mountain reaches capacity then one car will be let in as one leaves. No exceptions. If you are coming to hike and want to avoid the crowds please use these coordinates to reach our satellite parking areas:

Avoid the crowds! Pilot Mountain State Park Alternate Parking Areas for Hiking:

To reach trails at the Mountain:
Parking for the Mountain trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, and the Northern End of the Corridor Trail:
36.328204, -80.462771

To reach trails at the River Section: Surry County
Parking for the Southern End of the Corridor Trail, and the Yadkin Islands Trail:
36.267636, -80.496017



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: 2014-10-21 05:36:33

Raven Rock State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate Raven Rock State Park;
Due to conditions beyond our control, online and mobile navigation software is not directing visitors to the correct areas of the park. DO NOT set your navigation to "Raven Rock State Park".
To reach the central area of the park and hiking trails, we suggest using the address exactly as typed: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC, 27546 or GPS coordinates: 35.459259, -78.912911
To reach the bridle trails, we suggest using the address exactly as typed: 1550 River Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 or GPS coordinates: 35.484444, -78.903324

update on: 2014-10-17 08:59:12

South Mountains State Park
ALL BACKCOUNTRY (HIKE TO) SITES AND ALL FAMILY (DRIVE UP TO SITES) ARE NOW RESERVABLE
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

Stone Mountain State Park
FOOD DRIVE during the month of October
During the month of October Stone Mountain is conducting a Food Drive for the Samaritans Kitchen of Wilkes. If you would like to participate you may drop off your non-perishable donations at the Visitor Center from 8 am - 5 pm or the Contact Station in the Campground from 4:30 pm - 8 pm daily. Thank you in advance for all your donations and helping us feed our neighbors.
update on: 2014-10-17 19:28:34

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: 2014-10-22 11:10:46