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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: 2015-07-02 07:47:30

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
Expect parking delays on nice weekends.
The park's attendance swelled to over 577,000 visitors in 2014 and is showing the same trend so far in 2015. The vast majority of visitors come on weekends and holidays, resulting in no parking spaces being available, long waits to get a parking space, and, in some cases, staff being required to close the gates temporarily for safety reasons.

If at all possible please avoid coming to the park between 10AM-4PM on pretty weekends and holidays, be patient if you have to wait to get a parking space, and, if you find the gate closed, try to come back during a less busy time.

Remember that parking in undesignated areas is illegal and could result in citation/fines/towing of your vehicle. Staff are doing everything they can to provide parking as safely and efficiently as possible.

Thanks for your help!

update on: 2015-07-01 11:34:45

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
All areas open.
All park areas open. Pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution. Trails will be extremely slick. (2/27/15)
update on: 2015-02-27 14:40:04

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: 2015-06-09 15:50:15

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: 2015-06-26 14:37:56

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: 2015-06-08 16:15:02

Hanging Rock State Park
Weather Station Offline
The Hanging Rock State Park weather station is currently offline. We apologize for the inconvenience.
update on: 2015-06-26 08:34:52

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Day use areas at Jordan Lake during July 4, 2015 weekend
Please be advised during the holiday weekend our day use areas are known to fill up. No one will be allowed to enter or re-enter the day use areas if at full capacity until some spaces become available. A entry pass will not guarantee re-entry if filled to capacity.
update on: 2015-07-02 14:26:08

Jockey's Ridge State Park
9PM Closing Tonight
The park will observe normal closing hours tonight. Visitors should be back in the parking area by 8:45 p.m. in order to make the 9 p.m. gate closure. Manteo fireworks are best viewed from the town docks on the Manteo waterfront.
update on: 2015-07-05 10:26:29

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
4th of July Fireworks Information
Vance County Department of Tourism will hold the annual Independence Day Weekend Celebration at Satterwhite Point on Saturday, July 4, 2015. There will be food vendors, fireworks, entertainment by Frankie Faucet and "The Drips" and ranger programs.

A parking fee will be charged. The fee is $6 per car ($4 if the driver is 62 years old or older)and is the standard parking fee at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. It is requested that those attending the event bring exact change if possible as this will allow for quicker entry of vehicles. The park generally fills by about 8:00 pm on the night of the event, so plan accordingly. Those attending the event should anticipate some traffic delays. Also, if a vehicle leaves the park prior to the fireworks, reentry may not be possible due to the limited parking.

Ranger programs will be held in front of the Community Building from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Frankie Faucet and "The Drips" will perform Beach and Oldies music along with your favorites from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm behind the Community Building.

The fireworks will start approximately between 9:15 pm and 9:30 pm.

It is recommended that visitors bring a flashlight with them because there will be limited lighting.

update on: 2015-06-30 12:54:03

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.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open today. 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: 2015-07-04 11:37:18

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:
07/05/2015 updated at 8:18 am. Current conditions: 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies and winds 11 to 19 miles per hour. Yesterday's high was 56 degrees with an overnight low of 53 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: 2015-07-05 08:19:29

Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park Bridle Trails are OPEN. SWIMMING POOL AND BOATHOUSE ARE 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: 2015-06-27 11:29:53

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