State Parks Reservation Rates and Activity Fees

General information

Service, cancellation, and other fees

A $3 service fee is charged for all reservations, including those made in-person.

  • The fee covers the cost of processing the reservation with ReserveAmerica. It is non-refundable, except when refunds are issued due to park closures.
  • There is an additional $3 cancellation fee to cancel a reservation, so it costs $6 to cancel per site per night. Additional fees may apply depending on the facility and how many days prior to the scheduled arrival date that the cancellation is made.
  • This fee does not apply to equipment rentals, swim passes, special activity permits, or entrance fees.
  • All prices listed on this website page include the $3 service fee, when applicable.
  • A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Senior citizen and military/veteran discount (*)

Seniors, veterans, and military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on certain campsite reservations.

  • Senior citizens must be 62 years old or older to receive the discount.
  • A valid ID with birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status is required upon check-in at the campground.
  • The discount cannot be applied to primitive or group campsites, vacation cabins, and facility rentals. The discount can be applied to marina transient dockage slip rentals at Carolina Beach State Park.
  • The discount cannot be applied to activity fees or permits. Discounted rate for entrance fees to Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas is available with ID for senior citizens 62 years old or older and with proof of military service or veteran status.

Seasonal availability

  • Some campsites, facilities, and activities are not available year-round. Please check the park website or contact the park for seasonal opening and closing dates of campgrounds, swimming areas, boat rentals, and other facilities, as they may vary each year.
  • Entrance fees to Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas are charged on weekends in April, May, and September, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Passes and other discounts

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is a state government agency, and we do not accept federal passes, such as the America the Beautiful Pass, or passes for other states. We do not offer discounted entrance passes or any other discount aside from the senior citizen and military/veteran discount.

Camping Rates

Tab/Accordion Item

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
RV with full hookups – i.e. sewer, water, and electric $36
RV with electric and water hookups

$33

RV with electric hookup only $31
Tent, trailer, or RV site with no hookups $26
Primitive (backpacking sites)* $15
Duplex RV with electric hookups $65
Duplex RV with no hookups $51

Equestrian

(at South Mountains State Park only)

$26

Primitive equestrian*

(at Medoc Mountain State Park only)

$15

 

Miscellaneous Fees* Cost
RV holding tank dumping fee for non-campers $20 per use
Horse stall – 5 feet by 10 feet

$12 per day

Horse stall – 10 feet by 10 feet $17 per day

 

Camping Information

  • Please visit the ReserveAmerica website for the full list of amenities at each campsite.
  • Some campgrounds are not available year-round, and some amenities and utilities (water) may not be available during the winter. Please check the website or contact the park for more information on seasonal operating schedules.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • A $3 service fee is included in prices listed, where applicable.
  • A cancellation fee of $6 per night is deducted from the cancellation refund. If reservation is cancelled on the scheduled arrival date, the cost of one night's stay is also deducted.

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

  • The discount is $6 off campsite reservations per night.
  • Senior citizens must be 62 years old or older.
  • ID or proof of military service/veteran status is required upon check-in to receive discount.
  • Facilities denoted with an asterisk (*) are not eligible for the senior citizen and military/veteran discount.

 Camper Cabins
Cost per night

$58 per night

Cost per week No reduced price for weeklong rental
Available at
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
  • Goose Creek State Park
  • Gorges State Park
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Raven Rock State Park
Minimum stay

Two-night minimum stay required.

Discount? Yes, senior citizen and military/veteran discount is applicable.

 

Vacation Cabins
Cost per night

$110 per night from March 15 to November 30

$98 per night from December 1 to March 14

Cost per week $520 per week, year-round
Available at
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Morrow Mountain State Park
Minimum stay

Two-night minimum stay required.

From the first Monday in June to the third Monday in August, vacation cabins must be rented weekly from Monday to Monday.

Discount? No, senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable.

 

Family Cabin
Cost per night

$58 per night

Cost per week

$300 per week

Weekly rental runs from Sunday to Saturday.

Available at

Singletary Lake State Park

Minimum stay

None.

Discount? No, senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable.

 

Primitive Cabins
Cost per night

$36 per night

Cost per week Unavailable for weeklong rental
Available at

William B. Umstead State Park

Available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only

Minimum stay

None

Discount? No, senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable.

 

Cabin Information

  • Cabin rentals are restricted to 7 consecutive nights in a calendar year at each park.
  • Cabin amenities vary by type. Please visit the ReserveAmerica website for the full list of amenities and photos of each cabin.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • A $3 service fee is included in prices listed, where applicable.
  • A cancellation fee of $6 per night is deducted from the cancellation refund.
  • Cabin reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

  • The discount is $6 off reservations per night for camper cabins only.
  • Senior citizens must be 62 years or older.
  • ID or proof of military service/veteran status is required upon check-in to receive the discount.
  • Facilities denoted with an asterisk (*) are not eligible for the senior citizen and military/veteran discount.

Improved group campsites*

These sites have water and restroom facilities nearby available.

Site Type Based on Maximum Capacity of the Site Nightly Rate
Maximum capacity of 35 $65
Maximum capacity of 50 $80
Maximum capacity of 100 $145

 

Primitive group campsites*

These sites have no potable water nearby and only pit privies are available.

Site Type Based on Maximum Capacity of the Site Nightly Rate
Maximum capacity of 16 $35
Maximum capacity of 26 $45
Maximum capacity of 40 $55

 

Group Camping Information

  • Please visit the ReserveAmerica website for the full list of amenities and photos of each campsite.
  • The senior citizen and military/veteran discount cannot be applied to any type of group campsite.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • The $3 service fee is included in prices listed, where applicable.
  • The cancellation fee of $6 per night is deducted from the cancellation refund.
  • Group camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

Facility Rental Rates

Tab/Accordion Item

Type of Picnic Shelter Daily Rental Rate
1 to 4 tables $58
5 to 8 tables $83
9 to 12 tables $108
Returned check fee $25

 

Facility Rental Information

  • Picnic shelters are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis, if they are not reserved.
  • Facilities may only be used during certain hours. Some facilities follow the park's day-use hours, while other are more limited. Please check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park to find out the operating hours.
  • Facility layout and amenities vary at each park. Check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park for more information.
  • *The senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable to facility rentals.
  • Certain events, such as weddings, competitive events, and festivals require a Special Activity Permit. Please download the form or contact the park for the permit application.
  • The Special Activity Permit assess a separate fee. Please see the "Permit Fees" section on this page for more information. The permit fee will be charged in addition to the rental reservation fee.

Seasonal Parking Fees

  • A parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas on weekends in April, May, and September, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please see "Activity Fees" section on this page for more information.
  • If a facility is rented at these three parks when the seasonal parking fees are charged, all attendees — including the event host, vendors, and all guests — will be charged the per-vehicle fee.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • The $3 service fee is included in the prices listed, where applicable.
  • The cancellation fee of $6 per day is deducted from the cancellation refund.
  • Facility reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but renters may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

Type of Space

Half Day Rate

4-hour rental

Full Day Rate

8-hour rental

Amphitheater $55 $75
Classrooms (including outdoor) and conference rooms $85 $160
Audiovisual equipment $15 $25

 

Facility Rental Information

  • All facility spaces require reservations. (Picnic shelters may be used for free when unreserved on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  • Facilities may only be used during certain hours. Some facilities follow the park's day-use hours, while other are more limited. Please check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park to find out the operating hours.
  • Facility layout and amenities vary at each park. Check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park for more information.
  • *The senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable to facility rentals.
  • Certain events, such as weddings, competitive events, and festivals require a Special Activity Permit. Please download the form or contact the park for the permit application.
  • The Special Activity Permit assess a separate fee. Please see the "Permit Fees" section on this page for more information. The permit fee will be charged in addition to the rental reservation fee.

Seasonal Parking Fees

  • A parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas on weekends in April, May, and September, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please see "Activity Fees" section on this page for more information.
  • If a facility is rented at these three parks when the seasonal parking fees are charged, all attendees — including the event host, vendors, and all guests — will be charged the per-vehicle fee.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • The $3 service fee is included in the prices listed, where applicable.
  • The cancellation fee of $6 per day is deducted from the cancellation refund.
  • Facility reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but renters may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

Facility Name Daily Rental Rate

Community buildings

Available at:

  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area – Rolling View access
  • Kerr Lake State Recreation Area – Bullocksville, Henderson Point, and Satterwhite Point accesses
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Morrow Mountain State Park
  • New River State Park – U.S. 221 access
$198

Lake beach area

at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

  • Available for rental Labor Day to Memorial Day
$325

White Oak

at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

$1,275

Nutbush Bridge boating event facility

at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

$210

Catawba River swimming area

at Lake James State Park

$325
Returned check fee $25

 

Facility Rental Information

  • All large facility spaces require reservations.
  • Facilities may only be used during certain hours. Some facilities follow the park's day-use hours, while other are more limited. Please check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park to find out the operating hours.
  • Facility layout and amenities vary at each park. Check the ReserveAmerica website or contact the park for more information.
  • *The senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable to facility rentals.
  • Certain events, such as weddings, competitive events, and festivals require a Special Activity Permit. Please download the form or contact the park for the permit application.
  • The Special Activity Permit assess a separate fee. Please see the "Permit Fees" section on this page for more information. The permit fee will be charged in addition to the rental reservation fee.

Seasonal Parking Fees

  • A parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas on weekends in April, May, and September, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please see "Activity Fees" section on this page for more information.
  • If a facility is rented at these three parks when the seasonal parking fees are charged, all attendees — including the event host, vendors, and all guests — will be charged the per-vehicle fee.

Service and Cancellation Fees

  • The $3 service fee is included in the prices listed, where applicable.
  • The cancellation fee of $6 per day is deducted from the cancellation refund. Outdoor event facilities also have an additional cancellation service charge of $125.
  • Facility reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the reservation date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but renters may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

Transient Dockage

No longer than 14 days in a 30-day Period

Nightly Rate
Single slip $36

 

Long-Term Slip Rental* Monthly Lease

6-Month Lease

runs 183 days

12-Month Lease

runs 365 days

Vessel 25 feet or smaller $294 $1,534 $2,834
Vessel 26 feet to 30 feet $344 $1,834 $3,434
Vessel 31 feet to 35 feet $394 $2,134 $3,934
Vessel 36 feet to 40 feet $444 $2,434 $4,534

 

Other Marina Fees* Cost
Boat launch fee $7 per use
Holding tank pump out $20 per use
Battery charge service $20 per use
Returned check fee $25

 

Marina Information

  • Transient dockage slips are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Transient rentals cannot exceed 14 days in a 30-day period.
  • All slip rental fees must be paid in full at the time of the rental agreement for the desired term.
  • Long-term slip rentals require application. Please contact the marina at 910-458-7770 for assistance.
  • Long-term slip rentals are charged according to lease term and vessel size. Six-month leases run 183 days from the lease execution date, while 12-month leases run 365 days from the lease execution date.

Refund Proration Policy

Either party may terminate the lease agreement by providing a 30-day written notice. Refunds will not be given unless the tenant provides 30-day written notice of early termination to the marina office, and Carolina Beach State Park secures another tenant for the slip within the 30-day period. Refunds will be prorated at a daily rate for days remaining on Slip Rental Agreement.

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

  • There is a $6 discount off single slip transient dockage per night.
  • Senior citizens must be 62 years or older.
  • ID or proof of military service/veteran status is required upon check-in to receive the discount.
  • *The senior citizen and military/veteran discount is not applicable to other marina services, including long-term slip rentals.

Special Activity Permit

Type of Event and Expected Attendance Permit Fee
Special use fee $45
Non-corporate event with attendance of 60 people or less $70
Non-corporate event with attendance of more than 60 people $130
Corporate event with attendance of 100 people or less $115
Corporate event with attendance of more than 100 people $225
Commercial event for a nonprofit organization $115
Commercial event for a for-profit organization $225
Returned check fee $25
Special Activity Permit Alcohol Supplement Application (nonrefundable) $200

 

Other Permits Permit Fee
Group rock climbing permit $45
Food vending permit

$75 for a single-day permit

$200 for a 3-day permit

 

Permit Fees Information

  • Additional expenses incurred by the park to host an event may be charged in addition to the Special Activity Permit fee.
  • Please contact the park where you want to hold your event to determine if you need a Special Activity Permit.
  • Special Activity Permit fees are determined by the type of event and the estimated attendance.
  • If you wish to serve alcohol during your event, you must submit a Special Activity Permit Alcohol Supplement Application and pay a nonrefundable fee of $200. The Special Activity Permit Alcohol Supplement includes special conditions that must be met by the applicant in order for the application to be approved. Please visit the Permits page to learn more.
  • All permits must be approved by the park superintendent prior to the event. Permit applications are available online or by contacting the park.
  • The permit fees are charged in addition to any facility rental reservation that the host wants for their event. Please secure permit approval before reserving your facility to avoid cancellation fees.
  • For Research Activity Permits, please use the Research Activity Permit online application to apply for a free permit. For Film and Photography permits, an application is available online to apply for a permit through the North Carolina Film Office.

Seasonal Parking Fees

  • A parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas on weekends in April, May, and September and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please see the Activity Fees section on this page for more information.
  • For events hosted at these three parks when the seasonal parking fees are charged, all attendees — including the event host, vendors, and guests — will be charged the per-vehicle fee.

 

Activity Fees

Tab/Accordion Item

Types Cost
One motor vehicle $7 per day
One motor vehicle with senior citizen or military member/veteran in the vehicle $5 per day
One bus* $20 per day

Seasonal Parking Pass*

Includes entrance fee for one vehicle per day

$60 per year

 

Seasonal Parking Fees

  • The parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged only at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas on weekends in April, May, and September, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • During other days and months of the year, there is no fee to enter the day-use accesses at the reservoirs.
  • All other state parks are free to enter year-round. The only exception is the attraction access of Chimney Rock State Park, which charges entrance fees determined by Chimney Rock Park, LLC. Please visit the Chimney Rock Park website for their entrance fees information.

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

  • The discounted entrance fee is for a single vehicle only. *The discounted rate is not applicable for buses.
  • Senior citizens must be 62 years or older.
  • A valid ID or proof of military service or veteran status is required upon purchase to receive the discount.
  • *Annual Passes are not eligible for the discount. There are no discounts applicable to the Annual Passes.

Annual Pass Information

  • The Seasonal Parking Pass covers one vehicle entrance fee per day at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. This pass has no other benefits.
  • Both the Annual Pass (which also covers swim fees and equipment rentals at other parks) and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass (which also covers the 4WD beach access at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area) can be used to cover one vehicle entrance fee per day at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. Please visit the Annual Pass page for the full list of benefits for these passes.
  • The Seasonal Parking Pass can be purchased only from the visitor centers at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. It cannot be purchased online.
  • Passholders must display pass hang tags from their vehicle's rear view mirror. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • All three types of Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.

Type of Access Pass Cost

Weekday single pass

Mondays to Fridays

$20 per day

Weekend single pass

Saturdays and Sundays

$30 per day

4WD Beach Annual Pass*

Includes 4WD beach access fee for one vehicle per day

$150 per year

 

4WD Beach Information

  • *There is no senior citizen and military/veteran discount for the 4WD beach access at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the 4WD Beach Annual Pass
  • Please observe posted 4WD beach access hours. Operating hours and season can be found on the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area home page.
  • Only registered motor vehicles are allowed in the 4WD beach access area. No ATVs are allowed.
  • Drivers must follow designated routes, avoiding dunes, vegetation, and marked nesting areas.

Annual Pass Information

  • The 4WD Beach Annual Pass covers one 4WD beach access fee for one vehicle per day. The pass will cover access any day of the week.
  • Neither the Seasonal Parking Pass nor the regular Annual Pass offer the benefit of 4WD beach access. You must purchase the 4WD Beach Annual Pass in order to use it at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
  • The 4WD Beach Annual Pass includes swim fees and equipment rentals at other parks, as well as entrance fees for the reservoirs. Please visit the Annual Pass page for the full list of benefits.
  • The 4WD Beach Annual Pass can be purchased only from the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area park office. Annual Pass holders are required to register in the park office.
  • Passholders must display pass hang tags from their vehicle's rearview mirror. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • All three types of Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.

Type of Ticket Cost

Adult

for passengers age 13 to 61

$6 roundtrip

Child or senior citizen

for passengers age 3 to 12 and 62 and over

$4 roundtrip

Organized school or camp group

minimum of 30 people

$2 roundtrip per person

Annual Pass*

includes six roundtrip ferry tickets per day

$90 per year

 

Ferry Information

  • The ferry does not run year-round. Please check the Hammocks Beach State Park home page for season dates and daily times.
  • The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation does not operate any other ferry service. These rates and the Annual Pass apply to the ferry at Hammocks Beach State Park only. Please check with the N.C. Department of Transportation website for more information about other coastal ferry services.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the Annual Pass.
  • A valid ID is required to receive the senior citizen rate.
  • Children under the age of 3 can ride the ferry for free.
  • Campers are permitted one free roundtrip ferry ride per day with the purchase of initial ferry tickets and multiple nights of camping reservation. Current camp permit with attached receipt for ferry tickets must be presented at the visitor center to receive ferry tickets at no charge.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted on the ferry. Carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.
  • Pets are not permitted on the ferry.

Annual Pass Information

  • The Annual Pass and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass include six roundtrip ferry tickets at Hammocks Beach State Park per day.
  • The Seasonal Parking Pass does not include ferry tickets for Hammocks Beach State Park. Please visit the Annual Pass page for the full list of benefits for the Annual Passes.
  • Passholders must have their pass hang tags to utilize its benefits. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.

Type of Ticket Cost
Adult roundtrip $5
Children age 10 and under Free

 

Shuttle Information

  • The shuttle at Pilot Mountain State Park does not run year-round. It only runs on weekends and holidays during peak season. Please check the Pilot Mountain State Park home page for season dates and daily times.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to shuttle tickets. The Annual Pass program does not include the shuttle service at Pilot Mountain.
  • When the shuttle is running, vehicle traffic inside the park may be limited. Please check the park page for more information on parking procedures that are implemented when the shuttle is in service.
  • Wheelchair lift is available. 

Type Cost
One vessel launch $7

Annual Pass*

includes one vessel launch

$90 per year

 

Boat Launch Information

  • The boat launch fees apply to the boat launch at Carolina Beach State Park and the boat ramp at Hammocks Beach State Park. Kayak launch is free at Hammocks Beach State Park.
  • Most boat ramps at other state parks are free to use. Day-use ramps at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas charge a parking/vehicle entrance fee on weekends in the spring and fall, and daily in the summer. Please see "Parking / Vehicle Entrance Fees" section on this page for more information.
  • Visitors who want to use an Annual Pass to launch a boat must check in at the marina at Carolina Beach or the visitor center at Hammocks Beach.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the single vessel launch fee.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the Annual Pass.

Annual Pass Information

  • The Annual Pass and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass include include one boat launch per day at Carolina Beach and Hammocks Beach state parks.
  • The Seasonal Parking Pass does not include boat launches for Carolina Beach and Hammocks Beach state parks. Please visit the Annual Pass page for the full list of benefits for the Annual Passes.
  • Passholders must have their pass hang tags to utilize its benefits. Passholders must check in at the marina at Carolina Beach State Park or the visitor center at Hammocks Beach State Park to utilize the Annual Pass for boat launching. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.

Pass Cost

Adult

visitors age 13 and over

$6 per day

$20 per week

Child

visitors age 3 to 12

$4 per day

$16 per week

Organized group

groups larger than 15

$3 per person per day

Annual Pass*

includes six swim passes per day

$90 per year

 

Swim Passes Information

  • Swim passes are required at:

    • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
    • Hanging Rock State Park
    • Jones Lake State Park
    • Lake James State Park
    • Lake Norman State Park
    • Morrow Mountain State Park (pool)
  • The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation also manages designated swimming areas for the public at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and at Fort Macon, Goose Creek, Jockey's Ridge, New River (Elk Shoals access), and Pettigrew state parks. There is no cost to utilize the swimming areas at these parks.
  • There are also swimming areas at various accesses at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. A parking/vehicle entrance fee is charged to access these day-use areas during weekends in the spring and fall and daily during the summer. Additional swim passes are not required in addition to the entrance fee, and there is no fee to access the day-use areas in the off season. Hammocks Beach State Park has a swimming area at Bear Island, and aside from a ferry service fee for transportation to Bear Island, swim passes are also not required to utilize the swim area.
  • Purchase of a swim pass includes access to the park bathhouse.
  • Swimming areas and bathhouses are open only seasonally at most parks. Please check the park page or contact the park for season dates and hours of operation. Please note that hours can vary depending on staff availability.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the swim passes.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the Annual Pass.

Annual Pass Information

  • The Annual Pass and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass include six swim passes per day, which can be used at the swim lakes at Cliffs of the Neuse, Hanging Rock, Jones Lake, Lake James, and Lake Norman state parks, as well as the pool at Morrow Mountain State Park.
  • The Seasonal Parking Pass does not include swim passes to the aforementioned parks. However, it does include access to swim beaches at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas during the peak season, since it covers the parking/vehicle entrance fees at any day-use areas at these three parks. Please visit the Annual Pass page for the full list of benefits for the Annual Passes.
  • Passholders must have their pass hang tags to utilize its benefits. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.

Rental Options Cost
Hourly rental $10 per hour
Half-day rental $25 per half-day
Daily rental $45 per day

Annual Pass*

includes one-hour rental of six bikes or boats per day

$90 per year

 

Rental Availability

State Park Bicycle Canoe Kayak Pedal Boat Paddleboard Row boat
Cliffs of the Neuse   x x x x  
Dismal Swamp x x x      
Hanging Rock   x     x x
Jones Lake   x   x    
Lake James   x x   x  
Lake Norman   x x x x  
Merchants Millpond   x        
Morrow Mountain   x x   x  
William B. Umstead   x        

 

Bike and Boat Rentals Information

  • Bike and boat rentals are available only seasonally at most parks. Please check the park website or contact the park for season dates and hours of operation. Please note that hours can vary depending on staff availability.
  • Some parks may require a minimum age to rent equipment. Please contact the park for more information on rules and regulations regarding rentals.
  • Other parks may have a private concessionaire that offers rentals inside the park. The Annual Pass cannot be used to rent any other equipment other than what is listed on this page at the listed parks.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to equipment rentals.
  • *There are no discounts applicable to the Annual Pass.

Annual Pass Information

  • The Annual Pass and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass include one-hour rental of six bikes at Dismal Swamp and one-hour rental of six boats at Cliffs of the Neuse, Dismal Swamp, Hanging Rock, Jones Lake, Lake James, Lake Norman, Merchants Millpond, Morrow Mountain, and William B. Umstead state parks. This benefit can be redeemed once a day.
  • The Seasonal Parking Pass does not include any bike or boat rentals
  • Passholders must have their pass hang tags to utilize its benefits. A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
  • Annual Passes are valid for one calendar year, regardless of when the pass is purchased. The cost of the passes cannot be prorated. *There are no additional discounts that can be applied to the cost of the Annual Passes.
  • Lost or stolen passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • The duplication of passes is prohibited.
  • There are no refunds for the passes, including in the event that the parks close due to weather, natural disaster, health crisis, or other causes.