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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
CLIMBING ALERT: Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access / JOB OPENING: Full-Time Seasonal Maintenance Position Available
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 a full-time seasonal maintenance worker. Duties include grounds keeping, janitorial, and maintenance staff support. State job applications (PD-107) should be submitted to the state park office by April 24. Call 828-625-1823 for more information.
update on: 2015-04-24 09:26:55

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: 2015-04-08 11:29:13

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: 2015-04-15 11:19:32

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: 2015-04-08 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.

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: 2015-04-24 15:46:18

Hammocks Beach State Park
April Ferry Schedule is Friday through Sunday, hourly 9:30 until 4:30. No lifeguards on duty and concession stand 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 not on duty and concession stand not open until Memorial Day weekend. PLEASE bring any soft drinks and snacks with you and use extreme caution while in the water. Annual ferry passes for 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.

NOTE: Carts, wagons, or pets are not permitted on the ferry.

update on: 2015-04-20 08:39:41

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

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




update on: 2015-04-22 15:23:26

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Temporary Road Construction
The park entrance will be experiencing construction at the intersection of West Carolista Drive and Hwy 158 on April 21, 22 & 23, 2015 for replacement of a drainage culvert. We do not expect any delays or additional inconvenience to the traveling public.
update on: 2015-04-23 08:16:05

Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are temporarily closed to allow them 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.
update on: 2015-04-26 07:30:26

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
The park road will be closed to all vehicles on April 18th & 19th. A free courtesy shuttle will be available at the old Lowes Food parking area to take park visitors into the park.
On the weekend of April 18th &19th the park road will be closed to ALL Vehicles. A free courtesy shuttle will be available for park visitors at the old Lowes Food Parking Area at the bottom of the mountain. This shuttle will transport visitors to the park overlooks picnic area, and the park trails. Please park your vehicles at the designated parking lot and shuttle area at bottom of the mountain. Thank you.
update on: 2015-04-15 16:27:21

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information:
04/26/2015 updated at 11:25 am. Current conditions: 43 degrees with heavy cloud cover, rain showers and winds gusting 15-25 mph Yesterday's high was 54 degrees with an overnight low of 39 degrees. Today's forecast is calling for a 50% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible through tonight.

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: 2015-04-26 11:28:07

Morrow Mountain State Park
Morrow Mountain State Park Bridle Trails are Closed. PRESCRIBED BURN SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, April 23, 2015. The Morrow Mountain overlooks, Morrow Mountain and Mountain Loop trails, along with the mountain top picnic area will closed on Thursday. THE BOATHOUSE IS OPEN ON WEEKENDS IN APRIL: 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: 2015-04-22 21:36:35

Pettigrew State Park
Trail Closings; Boat Ramp Details; Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Due to high water conditions, various trails are closed at this time. 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: 2015-04-23 11:19:33

Pilot Mountain State Park
4-25-15- The Star Party and Astronomy Viewing for Saturday night has been cancelled due to rain/cloud cover. As long as there is not lightning with the rain, Two hikes will be held on the Jomeokee Trail around the big pinnacle at 730 and 830 for anyone that was planning on attending the star party. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4-28-15- the area and routes of the climbing area from the "Amphitheater" east to "Parking Lot" as well as the Ledge Springs Trail will be closed for rescue training with NC Emergency Management. This area will reopen on Wednesday, 4/29/15.
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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. Despite our repeated pleas to Google, they refuse to fix this error. Use the navigational skills that existed before the GPS such as paper maps or keen eyesight. We promise we are in the same location we have been.



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: 2015-04-25 17:55:22

William B. Umstead State Park
Boathouse Will Open First Weekend in May (May 2).
The WIUM Boathouse will open the first weekend in May on Saturday, May 2.
update on: 2015-04-15 13:22:26