This is THE good news!
On the Ask a Ranger Podcast this month, we are going on a virtual hike and answering the question of “What’s that noise!?” The sounds that we hear around us in the forest always evoke curiosity and wonder, but sometimes the sounds at night can add a bit of wariness. To help dispel some of the worry, let’s dissect the night and learn a little about nature’s nightlife. To hear the sounds for each animal, click on this link and listen to our Ask a Ranger Podcast:
We appreciate your patience while our visitor center is closed. Our staff are working to create a new reception area to better serve the public.
"Is the elevator working?" This is the top question asked by visitors to Chimney Rock State Park since the elevator was closed to the public in August 2015. Over generations, visitors of all ages and physical abilities have been partial to the quick ride up 26 stories through solid granite. More importantly, they are thrilled to take in the views from the top: views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from atop Chimney Rock itself.
Ranger Austin’s “Seasons” artwork is one of 40 works of art selected to be featured in an exhibition in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities
Are you interested in working at one of North Carolina’s beautiful state parks on the coast? Do you enjoy beautiful views and working with the public? Apply to join our staff at Hammocks Beach State Park and join us at the beach this summer.
Hammocks Beach State Park is currently accepting applications for the 2018 summer season through March 15, 2018 unless the search period is extended.
Season begins: April 2018
Season ends: October 2018
There are times during the winter months when you may encounter the “Road Closed” sign as you enter Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Or you may read a weather alert on the website. The question becomes - Can you still take that hike you’ve been promising yourself?
The answer is, yes!
Now Taking Applications for 2018 Seasonal Positions with
Grandfather Mountain State Park
For more information, visit the jobs page or visit our office at
9872 Hwy 105 South, Suite #6 (Banner Elk).
Office Hours: Mon-Fri (8:00am-4:30pm)
You may also contact us at 828-963-9522 or
Ranger Crystal braved the brisk Falls Lake State Recreation Area winter to interview some of our animal pals and find out how they survive a North Carolina winter. You can listen in to this podcast interview here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/613326-winter-wonderland.
In the following Ask a Ranger article, we offer you a fun biography of each of the winter pals Ranger Crystal interviewed.
Click on this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/574422-campfire-ready-ghost-stories to listen to campfire ready ghost stories! If you would rather read them allowed to your friends and family yourself this article is for you!