Chimney Rock State ParkElevator and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Open to the Public / PERMIT ALERT: New Rumbling Bald Climbing Permits
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.
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.
update on: 2014-07-28 10:42:46Cliffs of the Neuse State ParkBring the kids swimming! Swim lake and concession open daily from 11:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Concession has food and drinks including pizzas, burgers, hot pockets, and ice cream. Beginning Aug. 18 swim lake operations will be weekends only but will be open on Sept. 1, Labor Day Monday.
update on: 2014-07-25 10:32:51Dismal Swamp State ParkThe park is open. Bridge is in operation for all boat traffic.
update on: 2014-03-21 15:31:05Falls Lake State Recreation Area Sandling Beach Shelter 4
Shelter 4 at Sandling Beach temporarily has no electric receptacles available.
update on: 2014-07-16 09:54:28Goose Creek State ParkCamp Leach Rd. Closure 07/28/14 - 08/08/14
From 07/28/2014 to 08/08/2014 the western portion of Camp Leach Rd. will be closed due to DOT construction. Goose Creek State Park can be accessed from the eastern portion of Camp Leach Rd. using the following detour:
-From I-95 take 264 east
-From 264 east turn right on 92 east 3.3 miles
-From 92 east turn right on SR-1336 (Hawkins Beach Rd.)1.9 miles
-From SR-1336 (Hawkins Beach Rd.) turn right on SR-1334 (Camp Leach Rd.) to Park entrance 2.9 miles on left.
update on: 2014-07-25 13:34:10Grandfather Mountain State ParkHiking 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: 2014-07-29 13:23:05Hammocks Beach State ParkBear Island Ferry Service Running, Lifeguards on Duty and Concession Stand Open Daily Through Labor Day. Bear Island Bathhouse open Daily Around the Clock Daily.
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. 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 email@example.com or 910.326.4881 with questions.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets, Carts and Wagons are not permitted on the ferry.
update on: 2014-07-28 09:05:28Jones Lake State ParkPaddle boats and canoes can be rented Friday through Sunday and Holidays from 10am until 4:30pm.
update on: 2014-06-03 13:59:24Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaRobeson Creek canoe dock is damaged and not to be used. Repairs will be made within the next few weeks.
update on: 2014-07-17 09:30:02Kerr Lake State Recreation AreaEmergency Management Training Exercise at Henderson Point on Friday, August 8th
There will be a mock plane crash search and rescue training exercise held at Henderson Point during the day on Friday, August 8th. The majority of the exercise will take place on the water in the Henderson Point vicinity. The exercise will involve local, state and federal agencies and will involve boats and helicopters. There will be a hard perimeter on the water controlled by agency boats. Civilian boats will not be allowed to travel through the perimeter but it will be possible for civilian boats to navigate around the perimeter as they pass through that general area of Kerr Lake.
The Henderson Point Campground, Shelter #1, day use beach and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Launch Area at Henderson Point will be open during the exercise. However, the portion of Henderson Point containing the Community Building, Shelter #2 and Shelter #3 will be closed until the exercise is completed.
update on: 2014-07-29 18:37:34Lake James State ParkMountain Bike Trails Are Open Today
Mountain Bike Trails Are Open Today. The Tindo (beginner) and both Wimba Loops (intermediate) are open today. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trails are 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.
Users should park in the new parking lot off the state park road at the Paddy's Creek Area. The bike trails must be vacated by 8:30 p.m. each night. Check the web site or call the park office for daily information of trail closures due to weather or other hazards.
View a map of temporary trail detours on the Maps & Directions page.
update on: 2014-07-30 08:45:22Lake Norman State ParkConstruction at Park Lake Area & Boat Rentals Closure.
Construction on the park’s new visitor center is in progress and will not be completed until at least September, 2014. It is being built on the opposite side of the parking area from the Itusi Trail trailhead. Access to the Heron shelter, picnic area, fishing dock and Alder Trail is restricted. Boat rentals are closed indefinitely. The restrooms are closed, but there are porta jons. Potable water is not available. At least half of the 240 parking spaces are blocked off. Parking on road shoulders is not allowed. Visitors may be directed to park at the swimming area on busy weekends and holidays. This does not affect any other facilities at the park, including the campgrounds and swimming area.
update on: 2014-07-22 09:26:53Lumber River State ParkBoth Princess Ann and Chalk Banks reopened after ice storm.
Storm debris from the ice storm has been removed from both access areas so that visitors can safely enjoy the park again.
update on: 2014-07-28 09:05:10Mayo River State ParkThe park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-06-02 13:43:09Merchants Millpond State ParkThe Family Campground will be closed from August 4-6 for replacement of water lines.
update on: 2014-07-28 09:00:36Medoc Mountain State ParkBear Swamp Trail: there is a small foot bridge on Bear Swamp Trail that is in need of repair and when crossed, one needs to use caution.
If you would like to receive electronic notification of prescribed burns, the park would like to ask you for an email address that you can be reached at. Your email will not be shared with anyone, and you will not be included on “reply-all’s” or routine emails from the park. This list-serve would only be used for notification of prescribed fires or emergencies. Prior to a planned prescribed burn you will receive an email and a location of the burn within the state park. If at any time you would like to be removed from this email list you would have the option to have your contact information deleted by calling or emailing the park.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to this list serve.
update on: 2014-07-24 14:52:05Mount Jefferson State Natural AreaAll Natural Area Roads,Trails and Public Restrooms are now open.
update on: 2014-07-22 08:23:55Mount Mitchell State ParkMount Mitchell State Park current information 07/29/2014 updated at 8:25 am
Current temperature is 43.5 degrees under clear and sunny skies. Yesterday's daytime high was 55.4 degrees; low last night was 43.2 degrees.
update on: 2014-07-29 08:32:15Morrow Mountain State ParkENTRANCE WALL VOLUNTEER WORK DAY ON TUESDAY, JULY 22 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: TENTATIVE NEW DATE IS AUGUST 12 AT 8:30 AM.______________
Bridle trails are currently open/ July 24,2014
update on: 2014-07-24 10:22:08New River State ParkAlert: 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: 2014-07-18 11:42:34Pettigrew State ParkBoat Ramp Details
Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.20 with about 3.5 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: 2014-07-24 20:48:22Pilot Mountain State ParkSpecial Activity Permit Questions: Due to Questions about what determines how a special event is approved- Click on link for the Specific Regulation pertaining to special events:
(f) The Park Superintendent or his or her designee shall issue a Special Activity Permit on application unless:
(1) A prior application for a permit for the same activity or use has been made and had been or will be granted;
and the activities or uses authorized by that permit do not reasonably allow multiple occupancy of that
(2) It reasonably appears that the activity or use will threaten the health, safety and welfare of persons using
(3) The activity or use is of such a nature or duration that it cannot be reasonably conducted or performed in
the particular location applied for, considering such things as safety of the applicant or other Park visitors;
damage to Park resources or facilities; impairment of the atmosphere of peace and tranquility in specially
protected natural or historic areas; interference with interpretative programs, visitor services or other
program activities, or the administrative activities of the Park; or impairment of public use facilities or
services of Park concessionaires or contractors; or
(4) The activity or use would constitute a violation of applicable law or regulation
For the entire regulation please copy the following link into your browser:http://ncparks.gov/Visit/rules/docs/15A_NCAC_12B-DPR_Rules_January_2014.pdf
PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK WEATHER FORECAST: http://tinyurl.com/d4qve9pEquestrians
- 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.
update on: 2014-07-30 15:03:05Raven Rock State ParkAlert: 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: 2014-07-30 19:46:46South Mountains State ParkALL 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: 2014-07-21 14:00:49William B. Umstead State ParkConstruction on Multi-Use Trail
Maintenance will be performing heavy construction in between the concrete bridges between North and South Turkey Multi-Use trail. Please use caution when accessing this area.
update on: 2014-07-01 09:57:40