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Chimney Rock State Park
Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access / CLOSURE ALERT: Chimney Rock Access Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
A new climbing policy at the Rumbling Bald Access has been put into place. All climbers must fill out a free climbing permit before rock climbing or bouldering. 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.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed each Wednesday and Thursday from December 1 through March 7. This will give the park the opportunity to upgrade facilities and perform annual maintenance. The Rumbling Bald Climbing Access will remain open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day.
update on: 2014-12-18 08:28:22

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Come out and join one of our park rangers for our annual First Day Hike! The hike will take place on Thursday, January 1st, and will include the option of a 5K run event. Contact Ranger Candace Rose at (919)778-6234 for more details.

update on: 2014-12-16 13:46:49

Crowders Mountain State Park
All trails, facilities, parking areas, and access areas will be closed to the public on Christmas Day. Camping areas will be closed beginning Christmas Eve because the park will not be opened on the following day.

This is in order to insure public safety parking outside the gates or on road shoulders is prohibited. Entering the park while closed is a violation of park rules and punishable by a citation of up to $215.00. A ranger will be on patrol to further insure public safety.
update on: 2014-11-27 15:15:34

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: 2014-12-18 12:19:29

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: 2014-12-20 16:07:14

Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Bathhouse Winterized Now Through the Mid March 2015. Please note there are NO Restroom Facilities and NO Potable Water on Bear Island. Ferry Service is Closed for the Season, and Scheduled to Resume in April 2015.
Facilities on Bear Island are closed for the 2014 season. The bathhouse is winterized and all water has been shut off. Restroom Facilities are closed through mid March 2015. Bear Island will remain open for camping but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Ferry Service for the 2014 season has ended and ferry operations will resume in April, 2015. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.
update on: 2014-11-17 08:38:19

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Campground information
Crosswinds campground is closed for the season. All camping loops are scheduled to open Monday, March 30, 2015.

New Hope Overlook Primitive campgrund is closed for the season. Campground will reopen Monday, March 02, 2015.

Poplar Point campground is closed for the season. Loop E is scheduled to open Monday, March 09, 2015. Loop C is scheduled to open Monday, March 16, 2015. Loop B is scheduled to open Monday, March 23, 2015.

Parker's Creek Campground: Loops 1, 2, and 4 north will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2014/winter 2015 camping season. On Monday, November 17, 2014, all water will be cut off to individual campsites for the winter months. If you should need water, please use the frost proof water spigots located at each shower house. The shower houses will remain open with hot water.

Vista Point is closed for the season and scheduled to open Monday, March 02, 2015.
update on: 2014-12-01 10:10:20

Lake James State Park
All Mountain Bike Trails are Open Today Canoe and kayak rentals have ended for the season.
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open today.

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: 2014-12-18 08:13:52

Lake Norman State Park
Park Closed Christmas Day
The park and trails are closed to public use on Christmas Day.
update on: 2014-12-19 10:33:00

Mayo River State Park
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-10-10 11:32:26

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
12/13/14 All Park Roads and Trails are open.

update on: 2014-12-13 15:53:54

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
12/21/2014 updated at 9:30 am - Current conditions: 26 degrees with overcast skies and winds of 5 to 8 miles per hour. Yesterday's high was 31 degrees with a low of 21 degrees.

Mount Mitchell State Park is closed. The parkway is closed at the junction of highway 80 to the park entrance. The section of parkway remains closed between Asheville and Mount Mitchell.

Be advised sections of trails may be ice covered.

update on: 2014-12-21 09:33:45

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trails are OPEN. Dec. 21, 2014. _______________________________________

update on: 2014-12-21 10:26:45

New River State Park
Alert: To visitors using a GPS unit to locate New River State Park,
When using a mobile GPS unit to locate US Hwy. 221 access, 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. When locating
Wagoner Access Area use the address 1477 Wagoner Access Road or the GPS coordinates; 36.414092, -81.389572.
update on: 2014-12-09 11:50:05

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
Lake Level is 10.85 with about 3.0 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: 2014-12-02 16:42:47

Pilot Mountain State Park
Beginning 11-10-2014 - The North River Section of the Park is closed for construction. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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
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.


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: 2014-12-21 09:46:22

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: 2014-10-10 11:56:34

William B. Umstead State Park
Construction on Multi-Use Trail
Maintenance will have heavy equipment and construction on the Multi-Use trail between Trenton Gate to Beals Gate. Please use caution when accessing this area.
update on: 2014-12-09 15:26:54