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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: 2014-09-18 15:29:43

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
The park's annual Trunk-or-Treat event is scheduled for Halloween Friday, Oct. 31, at the Swim Lake parking lot. Park staff will host a costume contest for kids, serve hot dogs and drinks at the concession, and show Halloween movies on the beach. To host a trunk-or-treat vehicle, please contact the park office at (919)778-6234.

update on: 2014-09-19 09:57:23

Dismal Swamp State Park
Open...Trails may be slightly muddy when hiking and biking
Open..Trails may be slightly muddy when hiking and biking
update on: 2014-09-18 15:43:54

Grandfather Mountain State Park
Hiking to the Bridge? Hike back down or have pre-arranged ride.

If you are hiking to the swinging bridge (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: 2014-09-18 15:47:20

Hammocks Beach State Park
Ferry Schedule for September 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 closed for the remainder of ferry season.
Ferry service to and from Bear Island operates during the month of September 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. Lifeguards will not be on duty for the remainder of ferry season and the concession stand will be closed for the season as well. PLEASE bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island. Indoor showers on Bear Island are open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. PLEASE use extreme caution in the water and be aware that dangerous rip currents can occur at any time. 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: 2014-09-18 15:31:09

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: 2014-09-18 15:50:50

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Crosswinds: All camping loops will close Monday, September 29 for the 2014 camping season.

Parker's Creek: Loops 3 and 4 south will close Tuesday, September 2. The group camp sites will close Monday, November 17. Loops 1, 2, and 4 north will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2014/winter 2015 camping season.

Poplar Point : Loops F, G, H and J will close Tuesday, September 2 . Loops B, C and E will close Monday, November 3 for the 2014 camping season.

update on: 2014-09-16 11:23:42

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Construction at Hibernia
Park personnel are in the process of renovating campsites 93-97 in Hibernia Area 2. Hibernia closes on October 27th and the renovation work will likely last through the remainder of the Hibernia season.

All other sites in Hibernia Area 2 are open. However, there will be noise and construction traffic associated with the site renovations. Work is currently only scheduled for weekdays.

update on: 2014-09-16 11:25:39

Lake James State Park
Lake James State Park Mountain Bike Trails' 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.

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: 2014-09-19 14:45:42

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: 2014-09-16 11:28:22

Mayo River State Park
The park is open and operating under normal conditions.
The park is operating normally.
update on: 2014-09-16 11:35:21

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

update on: 2014-09-18 15:48:34

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
09/19/2014 updated at 8:28 am Current temperature is 48.7 degrees under cloudy skies; Foggy and chance of thunderstorms. High yesterday was 53.2; Low last night was 43.7 degrees
update on: 2014-09-19 08:28:08

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trail is CLOSED, September 19, 2014 <8:00> Hikers should be aware that drinking water is not available at the summit of Morrow Mountain at this time. Drinking water is available at all other areas of the park. Motorist and cyclists should be aware that construction crews will be installing water and sewer lines underneath the park road to the summit from Monday, September 15 in the morning, until Friday, September 19 in the afternoon. There may be rough sections of roadway and brief delays while construction is ongoing. Please follow the directions of the flagmen. Other areas of the park; including the lower picnic area, boat ramp, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails will remain open and unaffected by this construction.

update on: 2014-09-19 12:20:36

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: 2014-09-18 15:49:23

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: 2014-09-16 11:44:23

Pilot Mountain State Park
Parking Updates and Directions:
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.
Fall is in the air and lengthy waits for parking have returned. Once the mountain reaches capacity then one car will be let in as one leaves. No exceptions. If you are coming to hike and want to avoid the crowds please use these coordinates to reach our satellite parking areas:

Avoid the crowds! Pilot Mountain State Park Alternate Parking Areas for Hiking:

To reach trails at the Mountain:
Parking for the Mountain trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, and the Northern End of the Corridor Trail:
36.328204, -80.462771

To reach trails at the River Section: Surry County
Parking for the Southern End of the Corridor Trail, and the Yadkin Islands Trail:
36.267636, -80.496017


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: 2014-09-18 15:51:44

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: 2014-09-18 15:37:00

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: 2014-09-16 11:57:40

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: 2014-09-18 15:58:05