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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED-UPDATE   

NOVEMBER 29TH UPDATE - The much needed rain has finally arrived and we hope to soon be putting an end to fire fighting activities. Unfortunately there is still much to do to make the park safe for opening. More than 21 miles of trail, and several back country campsites were directly affected. Please be patient as we work just as hard to make the park safe again for your visit. The Chestnut Knob Information Line will be closed out today, but you can continue to get updates via facebook. The park and all 360+ fire fighters appreciate so much all of the donated supplies from the community, but no further donations are needed at this time.

 

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:46am
Latest News on Chestnut Knob Fire at South Mountains State Park   

Chesnut Knob Fire information can be found here: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

And on Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=chestnut%20knob%20fire

For immediate updates follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCparks

For info on donations and local support, check Friends of South Mountains on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/633744003313427/local_search?surface=tyah

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:52am
FIRE UPDATE 12-1-2016   

The wildfire at South Mountains State Park still smolders, but rangers, foresters and other officials are quickly making plans to repair trails, remove hazards and return the landscape to its natural state. The goal is to reopen the park as soon as practical, though no date has been set and some areas may be off-limits for quite some time.

Firefighters, with the help of infrared technology, are still searching for hotspots that need attention in the 6,435-acre fire zone. Technically the fire is 90 percent contained.
Chestnut Knob Trail sustained considerable damage.

Fourteen trails (27.3 miles, nearly 60 percent of the park’s trail system) were affected by the wildfire to varying degrees. Each mile must be carefully inspected for dangerous limbs, trees that might topple, severe erosion and other hazards, as well as trail signs and gates that were damaged or destroyed. After that inspection, rangers must set priorities for restoring the trails and determine the cost and manpower necessary.

The blaze started Nov. 6 near the Chestnut Knob Trail, which sustained considerable damage. It’s likely that when the park reopens, that trail and some others will remain closed until proper repairs can be made. Aside from possible dangers, hikers could further damage trails that are fragile after the fire.

The specific trails that were affected by the wildfire are: Lower CCC, Upper CCC, Horse Ridge, Sawtooth, Little River, Chestnut Knob, Upper Falls, Shinny, Possum, Fox, Headquarters, High Shoals Falls, Turkey Ridge and Benn Knob.

 Posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 9:45am

South Mountains State Park

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. A true backcountry experience is offered at 20 backpacking campsites at six locations. Equestrian camping is available with trailer parking and barn to complement 33 miles of bridle trails. Mountain bikers enjoy a 17-mile loop. Drive-to campsites sit beside the Jacob Fork River, with the river and its tributaries offering miles of trout fishing. There are two picnic areas and a picnic shelter for groups. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits on the cultural and natural history of the South Mountains.

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Contact:

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly SpringsNC 28612
Phone828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.596300
Longitude: -81.600000

Park Hours:

Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
Closing Hours
December, January and February 7pm
November 8pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day