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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
CLOSURE ALERT: Elevator Out of Service / CLIMBING ALERT: Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access
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.
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.
update on: 2015-05-22 08:49:27

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Swim lake and Concession open for 2015 summer season on Saturday, May 23!

update on: 2015-05-12 16:58:27

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: 2015-05-21 13:35:16

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. Rentals will also be available at the Beaverdam boat ramp area Saturdays and Sundays. Call The Rollingview Marina at 919-596-2194 for more information.
update on: 2015-05-18 09:27:58

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

Goose Creek State Park

update on: 2015-05-09 09:24:38

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: 2015-04-08 11:35:54

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: 2015-05-14 14:07:09

Hammocks Beach State Park
May 2015 Ferry Schedule is Wednesday through Sunday, hourly 9:30 until 4:30; no ferry service on Monday's or Tuesday's. 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 May Wednesday 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. 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 open until Memorial Day weekend. PLEASE bring soft drinks and snacks to the island with you and use extreme caution while in the water. Annual ferry passes for the 2015 are available for $50.00 at the park office, please click the facilities and fees link to the left for a complete list of ferry ticket prices. 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: 2015-04-30 13:43:24

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
All electric and non-electric campsites are filled to capacity. NEW HOPE OVERLOOK primitive campsites (20 sites) are currently available.

update on: 2015-05-22 13:10:01

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN Concession Stand (including boat rentals) closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays until after Memorial Day.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open today. Riders are reminded to adhere to the directional signs while they ride the trail.

update on: 2015-05-19 08:13:33

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 Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information:
05/22/2015 updated at 9:45 am. Current conditions: 50 degrees with sunny skies and winds 15 to 17 miles per hour. Yesterday's high was 56 degrees with an overnight low of 43 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: 2015-05-23 09:44:10

Morrow Mountain State Park

SWIMMING POOL: THE POOL WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY (5/23-25/15) from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm. The pool will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesday (5/26-27/15) and open again on Thursday 5/28/15 through the following weekend.

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.
update on: 2015-05-23 19:14:51

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 11.50 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: 2015-05-08 09:23:41