State Parks News

This page lists all state parks news releases and blogs. Use the dropdown to filter by park or section.

Pilot Mountain State Park

The road to the summit will be open daily, depending on available parking space and road conditions. Expect delays on weekends and holidays. To avoid this, plan to visit the park during the week or early in the morning or later in the evening.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Ferry service is closed; Bear Island bathhouse closed - no restroom facilities and no potable water; the kayak launch is open; boat ramp may be closed Monday's and Tuesday's for maintenance; no lifeguards on duty and the concession stand is closed.

Goose Creek State Park, Operations, Coastal Plain Region

Matt Windsor has been named as the new superintendent at Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County.

Gorges State Park, Natural Resources, Operations, Mountain Region

The campground at Gorges State Park will be closed through at least November 16 due to black bear activity in the area.

Elk Knob State Park, Operations, Mountain Region

Bryan Wilder has been promoted as the superintendent of Elk Knob State Park in Watauga County.

Jockeys Ridge State Park, Natural Resources, Coastal Plain Region

Jockey's Ridge State Park is celebrating Native Plants Week 2023 with a visit from First Lady Kristin Cooper, Audubon North Carolina, and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Reid Wilson.

Carvers Creek State Park, Crowders Mountain State Park, Jones Lake State Park, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Lake Norman State Park, Lake Waccamaw State Park, Lumber River State Park, Morrow Mountain State Park, Raven Rock State Park, Singletary Lake State Park, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, Operations, Coastal Plain Region, Piedmont Region

M. Scott Avis has been named as the new south district superintendent, overseeing 11 parks in the North Carolina state parks system.

Carolina Beach State Park, Natural Resources, Operations

The annual award was presented at the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council annual conference in Wilmington.

Pisgah View State Park, Planning

The Division is hosting a series of public information meetings to seek public input on the future of North Carolina's newest state park.

Gorges State Park, Interpretation and Education, Natural Resources

The state park is in the migratory path of the butterfly's annual migration to Mexico.

Jockeys Ridge State Park

Bowman was selected by a unanimous vote of the friends group's board of directors.

Hammocks Beach State Park, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Access, Interpretation and Education, Land Protection and Acquisition, Natural Resources

The Office of State Archaeology is holding a town hall meeting to discuss a federally funded project that will conduct survey and research at Hammocks Beach State Park.

Planning, Recreation Grants and Outreach, Trails Program

The Division awarded more than $3 million in grants for 13 projects for state trails.

Hammocks Beach State Park, Interpretation and Education

Ranger Jake Vitak at Hammocks Beach State Park was recognized by the Division for his exemplary efforts in providing a kayak safety course as part of a partnership with the American Canoe Association and several other agencies.

Eno River State Park, Engineering and Construction, Interpretation and Education

Funded by the NC Connect Bond, the new visitor center at Fews Ford Access offers engaging exhibits, electric vehicle charging, and a gorgeous back deck overlooking the riverine environment.