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Chimney Rock State Park
Elevator Out of Service / Possible Winter Weather Closures / Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access / CLOSURE ALERT: Chimney Rock Access Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays Starting January 7
The elevator and Sky Lounge are closed due to repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on getting service restored. The Chimney can still be accessed through the Outcroppings Trail.
Due to changing weather conditions during the winter months, operations and public access at Chimney Rock State Park may be affected. Hazardous conditions, such as icy trails, falling ice, and high winds, may develop, and portions or all of the park may be closed for visitor safety.

Please call ahead before planning your visit to the park. Call the park office at (828) 625-1823 before traveling to the park for up-to-date weather information and a list of trail, building, and feature closures.
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.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed each Wednesday and Thursday from January 7 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: 2015-01-30 08:08:40

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Mill Creek trail crossing is closed due to new step construction. Please see on-duty ranger or Visitor Center staff for trail access information to Bird and Galax Trails. Two-mile Longleaf Trail loop is entirely open.

update on: 2015-01-14 10:03:15

Crowders Mountain State Park
Expect Parking Delays or Gate Closure on Weekends
The park is very popular on weekends and holidays when the weather is nice. Sparrow Springs Road Access and Linwood Road Access can both experience wait times of up to 45 minutes for a parking space.

Please understand that if park staff are directing traffic, or if you are turned away from an access area, it means ALL available parking spaces at ALL parking areas are currently full. Park staff can not allow traffic to back into the local roads for safety reasons. This is especially important to understand at the Sparrow Springs Road Access.

Visitors planning on coming to the park on nice weather weekends are encouraged to have a "Plan B" in the event they are turned away due to capacity crowds.

Visitors are also reminded that parking is only allowed in designated, marked spaces within the park. Parking on road shoulders, grass medians, or anywhere not marked as a parking space is not allowed and can result in both a citation and/or towing of the vehicle at the owners expense.
update on: 2015-01-29 12:55:25

Elk Knob State Park
Park Open! Four Wheel Drive Advised.
Roads and trails in the park are ice/snow covered and slick. Travel within the park may be hazardous. Please use caution when visiting the park or hiking. Four wheel drive and traction devices on boots advised.
update on: 2015-02-01 07:37:33

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

Gorges State Park
All facilities are open. Visitors are strongly encouraged to check local weather conditions and dress appropriately for weather conditions . 01/28/2015.
All facilities are open. Visitors are strongly encouraged to check local weather conditions and dress appropriately for weather conditions . 01/28/2015.
update on: 2015-01-28 08:10:07

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: 2015-01-30 12:00:14

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: 2015-01-06 09:10:11

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: 2015-01-19 10:45:24

Lake James State Park
The Mountain Bike Trails are Open today. Canoe and kayak rentals have ended for the season.
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.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the travel route for all mountain bike trails at Lake James State Park will be reversed to reduce trail damage and add interest for frequent riders. Please follow all directional signs when using the trails.
update on: 2015-02-01 07:42:31

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

Merchants Millpond State Park
Pond may be closed to boating due to icy conditions.

update on: 2015-01-11 13:41:25

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
2/1/2015- The park road is open all the way to the upper parking area. The hiking trails are open, but still snow and ice covered, please use caution.

update on: 2015-02-01 09:05:21

Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park current information
02/01/2015 updated at 1:55 pm - Current conditions: 25 degrees with light snow and 12-21 mph winds. Yesterday's high was 36 degrees with an overnight low of 19 degrees.

Mount Mitchell State Park is closed. The blue ridge parkway access is closed from highway 80 and south of Mount Mitchell(from Asheville)due to icy/hazardous road conditions.

Be advised sections of trails are ice covered.

update on: 2015-02-01 13:54:46

Morrow Mountain State Park
The Bridle Trails are OPEN as of 27 January 2015

update on: 2015-01-27 08:13:35

New River State Park
2/1/2015 - Wagoner Access and 221 Access are now open. Hiking trails could still have snow and ice coverage in shaded areas so please use caution.

update on: 2015-02-01 09:26:08

Pettigrew State Park
Boat Ramp Details Canoe Artifacts off Exhibit
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: 2015-01-26 12:47:26

Pilot Mountain State Park
1-31-2015 - The North River section is now opened, however, the Horne Creek Trail is still under 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: 2015-01-31 09:52:41

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: 2015-01-06 15:15:41