Press Releases

Several North Carolina state parks, in partnership with the North Carolina chapter of the American Canoe Association (ACA) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will offer low-cost kayaking instruction at state parks statewide Saturday, May 20, 2023. The event is in celebration of National Safe Boating Week, which begins the same day.

Lake Waccamaw State Park, Natural Resources

The NC Division of Parks and Recreation will now offer two boat cleaning stations at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County to hinder the spread of hydrilla and other highly invasive aquatic species.

Carolina Beach State Park, Carvers Creek State Park, Crowders Mountain State Park, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Hammocks Beach State Park, Hanging Rock State Park, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Mayo River State Park, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, Mount Mitchell State Park, Recreation Grants and Outreach

The $13.7 million will fund capital improvements projects at 11 state parks.

Raleigh Office, Office of the Director

Patterson, the first African American director for the Division, will depart early next year.

Medoc Mountain State Park

Allen Williford is the new superintendent at Medoc Mountain State Park.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Bill Stanley is the new lead superintendent of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area.

Carvers Creek State Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Elk Knob State Park, Eno River State Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Hanging Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park, Pettigrew State Park, Pisgah View State Park, Raleigh Office, Engineering and Construction, Land Protection and Acquisition, Operations, Planning, Recreation Grants and Outreach, Trails Program

The $17.4 million will fund nine capital improvements projects and six land acquisitions.

Gorges State Park

The campground at Gorges State Park will have five camper cabins, 14 campsites, and 16 tent campsites, along with a modern bathhouse.

Pisgah View State Park

The new state park is estimated to open in 2025.

39 Local Communities to Receive Funding for Park Expansion and Restoration