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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: 2015-02-27 11:18:28

Chimney Rock State Park
DELAYED OPENING: Chimney Rock Access on April 7 / CLIMBING ALERT: Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access / Seasonal Jobs Available
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, April 7. Construction project crews building access to the Grotto and Subway features will be using a helicopter to set materials in the morning, weather permitting. Contact the park office to get up-to-date information on opening times.
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A new climbing policy at the Rumbling Bald Access has been put into place. All climbers must fill out a free climbing permit before bouldering or rock climbing. Permits are available at the parking lot kiosk.

Organized groups of climbers must register at least two weeks in advance by submitting a Special Activity Permit application to the park superintendent.
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Chimney Rock State Park is hiring full-time and part-time seasonal positions for maintenance, interpretation, and natural resource work. Submit state government job applications (PD-107s) to the state park office by April 3.
update on: 2015-03-31 15:08:29

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
All trails open at this time. Swim lake will open for 2015 summer season on Saturday, May 23.

update on: 2015-03-25 13:51:44

Crowders Mountain State Park
Expect Parking Delays or Gate closures on nice weather 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: 2015-03-31 15:20:59

Elk Knob State Park
Park is Open! Park Road is Clear!
A dusting of scattered snow is on the ground. However it is rapidly melting. Trails are slick in shaded areas. Traction devices are recommended for hikers.
update on: 2015-03-29 08:21:45

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

Fort Macon State Park
Bathhouse Restrooms Closed for Renovation
Renovation work has started on the Fort Macon Bathhouse. During the construction process the old public restrooms will be closed with temporary facilities provided near the parking lot. Access to the picnic shelters and beach will still be available, but some areas of the board walk near the bathhouse will be closed to the public as a construction zone. We hope to have the downstairs public restrooms complete and reopened by late spring or early summer of 2015.
update on: 2015-03-10 12:42:46

Gorges State Park
All roads and trails are open. Remember to dress appropriately for changing weather conditions.
All roads and trails are open. Remember to dress appropriately for changing weather conditions.
update on: 2015-03-30 10:20:26

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.


If you are hiking to the swinging bridge (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: 2015-03-23 10:19:20

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Bathhouse Scheduled to re-open March 14, 2015. Ferry Service scheduled to resume April 3, 2015, Annual Ferry Passes Now Available for 2015 Ferry Season!
The bathhouse on Bear Island is now open. Indoor restrooms and outdoor showers are functional. Hot water is currently unavailable in the indoor showers due to damage during freezing temperatures.

Ferry Service for the 2015 season will resume April 3, 2015. Please click the Ferry Schedule link on the left of this page for a complete listing of ferry departure days and times. Annual ferry passes for the 2015 are available for $50.00 at the park office. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2015-03-13 17:02:31

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Campground information
Crosswinds and Parker's Creek campgrounds are open.

Poplar Point Campground : Loops B, C and E are open for camping. Loop F is scheduled to open Monday, April 13, 2015. Loops G, H and J are scheduled to open Monday, May 18, 2015.




update on: 2015-03-30 08:22:51

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are open today. Catawba River Area campground is open thru Nov. 30. Hidden Cove Boat Access is open for the season.

update on: 2015-04-01 08:10:25

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: 2015-03-30 09:01:41

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
The Mt Jefferson motor road is now open to the top. Updated 1:50pm 3/28/15

update on: 2015-03-28 13:53:36

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information:
04/01/2015 updated at 8:00 am. Current conditions: 36 degrees with clear skies, West winds 24-26 mph. Yesterday's high was 51 degrees with an overnight low of 31 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.

Be advised sections of trails are ice covered.


update on: 2015-04-01 07:56:44

Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park Bridle Trails are OPEN.

update on: 2015-03-29 07:44:41

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.50 with about 4.0 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: 2015-02-22 09:14:12

Pilot Mountain State Park
3-30-2015 - The North River Section road of the park will be temporarily closed for construction of a parking area and roadway clearing work. This alert will be removed when the road reopens. 4-1-2015- A prescribed burn is planned for around the park's family campground and grindstone trail. The grindstone trail will be closed during the burn. NOW HIRING We are now accepting applications for a 'Park Attendant'. This position is seasonal and will last 11 months. It is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in a career in parks because it allows you to be involved in a wide variety of daily park tasks required to effectively operate a state park. If interested please complete the application found at this link http://ncparks.gov/Jobs/docs/pd107ltr.doc and submit it to the park office via mail, or in person. You can also email it to: pilot.mountain@ncparks.gov
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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. 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.



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: 2015-03-31 11:19:05

Raven Rock State Park


update on: 2015-03-17 16:56:38

Stone Mountain State Park
AREA CAMPGROUNDS- When our campground is full...
When our campground is full you may try these area campgrounds... A & C Campground– two miles south of Sparta, 336-372-7905; New River State Park - Laurel Springs, 336-982-2587; Miller’s Camping – Blue Ridge Pkwy MP 247, 336-359-2828; Sandy Creek Campground - Traphill, 336-452-8975; Cedar Rock Campground-Traphill, 336-957-8643, all have electric.
update on: 2015-04-01 09:10:55

William B. Umstead State Park
Heavy Equipment on all Multi-use Trails
During the next few weeks there will be heavy construction equipment on all areas of the Multi-use Trails during the week day. Please use extreme caution when entering or approaching these construction vehicles.
update on: 2015-03-30 16:11:48