State Parks News

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

Land Protection and Acquisition

Final Acquisition for Bobs Creek State Natural Area complete; made possible by Foothills Conservancy.

Recreation Grants and Outreach

The Parks and Recreation Authority has awarded three local park projects a total of $491,893 in grants from the bequest of Ms. Barbara McIntyre to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). All three selected projects are in Tier 1 Counties.

Gorges State Park, Operations

Kevin Bischof is the new superintendent of Gorges State Park in Transylvania County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Dismal Swamp State Park, Engineering and Construction

Dismal Swamp State Park will be closed for major bridge repairs.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Operations

Crystal Lloyd joins David Mumford as superintendent at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

Communications and Marketing

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is launching a new online campaign to encourage North Carolinians to get moving and get outside.

Communications and Marketing, Operations

State parks and recreation areas welcomed 19.8 million visitors in 2020 year — 400,000 more than any other year on record and 1.2 million more visitors than in 2019.

Land Protection and Acquisition

The N.C. state parks system now includes 250,000 acres of land and water. Recent acquisitions, including 230 acres for Deep River State Trail and 300 acres for Salmon Creek State Natural Area, brought the system’s acreage up to the new total in late 2020.

Office of the Director

Dwayne Patterson will return to N.C. DNCR as director of Division of Parks and Recreation beginning Feb. 1. Patterson was on temporary assignment as Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer for the N.C. Pandemic Recovery Office since May of this year.


Kathy Capps, a 20-year employee of city of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, is the new state parks deputy director for operations.

Planning, Trails Program

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation launched a new web page to seek public input as staff develop the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail master plan

Mayo River State Park, Operations

Jessica Phillips, a 12-year employee of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, is the new superintendent at Mayo River State Park in Rockingham County.

Mayo River State Park, Planning

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on the Mayo River State Park Master Plan, a long-term plan that provides access to more than 16 river miles of the Mayo River in Rockingham County.

Morrow Mountain State Park, Engineering and Construction, Operations

Thanks to a generous donation from the late Tom Rabe, his wife Jean and the Rabe family, a new 1,000 square foot observation deck is now open on top of Morrow Mountain.

Hanging Rock State Park, Recreation Grants and Outreach

A gift of more than $1 million from Ms. Barbara Rose McIntyre to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund will be directed to projects including restoration, education and accessibility for children.