Press Releases

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.

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.

Planning, Recreation Grants and Outreach, Trails Program

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

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, Operations, Piedmont Region

Keith Nealson has been named a park superintendent at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area in Vance and Warren counties.

Office of the Director

Brian Strong, a 23-year veteran of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, has been named director of the division by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

South Mountains State Park, Operations

Amanda Lasley, a veteran park ranger, has been named superintendent of South Mountains State Park in Burke County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Lasley takes the helm after longtime superintendent Jonathan Griffith retired earlier this year.