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Annual Pass Program

Annual Pass Program


About the Annual Pass

The North Carolina State Parks Annual Pass program allows visitors to enjoy equipment rentals, swimming, and more throughout the year for a discounted package rate. 

Most state parks are free to enter, so the annual pass does not cover any entrance fees.

We hope to have 2021 Annual Passes available for purchase by December 2020. Please monitor this web page for updates. In the meantime, please check out our gift cards if you would like to give the gift of camping this holiday season (gift cards also cover vehicle parking fees, equipment rentals and swim passes).

 

Boathouse at Morrow Mountain State Park. Photo by C. Peek.

Boathouse at Morrow Mountain State Park

 

Beachgoers at Satterwhite Point access at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. Photo by C. Peek.

Satterwhite Point beach at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

 

Pedal boat renters at Jones Lake State Park. Photo by C. Peek.

Pedal boat at Jones Lake State Park

Marina at Carolina Beach State Park. Photo by C. Peek.

Marina at Carolina Beach State Park

 

2021 Annual Pass program benefits

​North Carolina State Parks is offering three types of passes for 2021: Seasonal Parking Pass, Annual Pass, and the 4WD Beach Annual Pass.

Seasonal Parking Pass ($60/year) is perfect for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who frequent our three reservoirs: Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake. The pass covers the entrance fee of one vehicle per day at boat ramps and day-use areas. 

Annual Pass ($90/year) offers year-round outdoor adventures for the whole family! In addition to entrance fees at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake, this pass covers equipment rentals and swim passes for up to six people, boat launches at Carolina Beach and Hammocks Beach, and ferry tickets for six at Hammocks Beach. 

4WD Beach Annual Pass ($150/year) has all the benefits of the Annual Pass but includes the benefit of accessing the four-wheel-drive beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. This offers significant savings to off-roaders, who would normally pay $20 to $30 to access the 4WD beach each visit.

A complete list of each pass' benefits is listed below to make it easy to compare and determine which pass is right for you. You can download the table below as a flyer ».

 

Benefits at participating parks

Seasonal Parking Pass

Annual Pass

4WD Beach Annual Pass

Carolina Beach State Park

  • Boat launch
*Check in at marina*
 

 

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats available
     

 

Dismal Swamp State Park

  • One-hour boat or bike rentals for six people 
    canoes and kayaks available
     

 

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

  • One vehicle admission
     

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

  • One four-wheel-drive beach access
*Check in at park office*
 

 

 

Hammocks Beach State Park

  • One boat launch
  • Six ferry passes
*Check in at park office for either benefit;
ferry has limited capacity*

 

 

Hanging Rock State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes, paddleboards, and rowboats available
     

 

Jones Lake State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes and pedal boats available
     

 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

  • One vehicle admission
     

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

  • One vehicle admission
     

Lake James State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards available
     

 

Lake Norman State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats available
     

 

Merchants Millpond State Park

  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes available
     

 

Morrow Mountain State Park

  • Six swim passes
  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards available
     

 

William B. Umstead State Park

  • One-hour boat rentals for six people
    canoes available
     

 

 

 

Important pass information
 

  • All benefits listed are per day and only valid at listed state parks and recreation areas.
     
  • Passholders must display pass hang tags from their vehicle's rearview mirror.
     
  • There are NO REFUNDS. No refunds will be issued if park activities are limited by weather, natural disaster, health crisis, etc.
     
  • 2021 Annual Passes are valid from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, regardless of when you purchase the pass. Cost of passes cannot be prorated.
     
  • A receipt for the Annual Pass does not substitute for the actual pass.
     
  • Lost or stolen passes will NOT be replaced.
     
  • Duplication of passes is prohibited.
     
  • Violation of state law and/or park regulations may invalidate the pass.
     
  • Please check park pages for seasonal operating schedule of facilities, as well as park hours.