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Chimney Rock State Park
Elevator 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: 2014-08-21 12:42:33

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Bring 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 10:32:51

Dismal Swamp State Park
The park is open. Bridge is in operation for all boat traffic.
update on: 2014-03-21 15:31:05

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

update on: 2014-08-14 08:37:27

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking 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.

update on: 2014-08-20 12:00:55

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Ferry Service Running Daily, Concession Stand Open Wednesday through Sunday, and Lifeguards on Duty Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Bear Island Bathhouse Open 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 link on the left hand menu. Lifeguards will be on duty in the protected swim area Saturdays and Sundays only as staffing permits through Labor Day; the concession stand will be open Wednesday through Sunday until 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 hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Pets, Carts and Wagons are not permitted on the ferry.

update on: 2014-08-18 10:32:21

Hanging Rock State Park
Now Hiring for Seasonal Park Attendants
Hanging Rock State Park currently has openings for 6-month seasonal park attendants. The pay rate is $7.25/hr. Barracks housing is provided. Please contact the park for more information.
update on: 2014-08-18 12:22:12

Jones Lake State Park
Paddle boats and canoes can be rented Friday through Sunday and Holidays from 10am until 4:30pm.

update on: 2014-06-03 13:59:24

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Robeson Creek canoe dock is damaged and not to be used. Repairs will be made within the next few weeks.

update on: 2014-07-17 09:30:02

Lake James State Park
Beginners’ Loop and West Wimba intermediate loop Open, East Wimba Loop Closed
The East Wimba Loop intermediate mountain bike trail is closed due to wet conditions following recent precipitation. To preserve the trail from damage and keep our riders safe during these hazardous conditions, it will be closed whenever trail inspections reveal it too wet to allow use. The Tindo Loop beginners’ trail and West Wimba intermediate loop are open. Please check back to receive the latest information on trail closures.

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.
update on: 2014-08-20 06:58:29

Lake Norman State Park
Construction 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 09:26:53

Mayo River State Park
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-06-02 13:43:09

Medoc Mountain State Park
Bear 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 medoc.mountain@ncparks.gov if you would like to be added to this list serve.

update on: 2014-07-24 14:52:05

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
All Natural Area Roads,Trails and Public Restrooms are now open.

update on: 2014-07-22 08:23:55

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
08/21/2014 updated at 8:22 am Current temperature is 56.5 degrees under cloudy skies; 60% chance of rain. High yesterday was 68.7; Low last night was 54 degrees.
update on: 2014-08-21 08:22:20

Morrow Mountain State Park
Bridle Trail is open, August 21, 2014 ________________________________________________________________________ MOUNTAIN TOP AREA TO CLOSE FOR WATER AND ELECTRICAL LINE INSTALLATION: The scenic mountain top of Morrow Mountain within Morrow Mountain State Park will be closed from Monday, September 15 in the morning, until Friday, September 19 in the afternoon. Construction crews will be installing water and sewer lines underneath the park road to the summit during this time. Other areas of the park; including the lower picnic area, boat ramp, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails will remain open during this time.

update on: 2014-08-21 08:30:13

New River State Park
Alert: 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 11:42:34

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 11.30 with about 3.6 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: 2014-08-05 14:14:38

Pilot Mountain State Park
Special 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
particular location;
(2) It reasonably appears that the activity or use will threaten the health, safety and welfare of persons using
the Park;
(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:


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.
update on: 2014-08-19 10:35:41

Raven Rock State Park
Alert: 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: 2014-08-13 19:43:05

South Mountains State Park
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 14:00:49

William B. Umstead State Park
Construction 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: 2014-08-10 08:04:59