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Bear Island Ferry Service and Bathhouse Open Daily through Labor Day.
Through Labor Day weekend, ferry service to Bear Island operates hourly Monday and Tuesday and every 1/2 hour Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry off Bear Island at 6:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule. Ferry tickets are sold first come, first served and may sell out early in the day.  Arrive early in the day to purchase tickets.

Update: Park Closures and Access

Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains during the last two weeks of May.  State park trails were damaged and eroded extensively, making many areas impassable or dangerous. Repairs to the trails will take time.  The Cragway and Nuwati Trails will remain closed until repairs are complete.  This closure includes the four campsites along the Nuwati Trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock and The Refuge.

Trail and Campsite Closures due to Heavy Rain

The trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park sustained extensive damage from the recent heavy rains of 11” in four days. The Nuwati and Cragway trails are closed indefinitely until repairs can be completed. This closure includes the four campsites accessed via the Nuwati trail: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge. In addition to safety concerns, foot traffic on these trails would cause further damage and erosion.

Finally, It’s Here!

Spring has come to the mountains!

The sky is Carolina Blue with a few white, fluffy clouds. The snow is melting and the temperatures are getting just right for a visit to Mount Jefferson State Natural Area.
The trees are beginning to bud, the grass is turning green and soon there will be newborn animals everywhere!

The In It to Win It” 100 Mile Challenge Giveaway Campaign launched on March 23, 2018. Check out www.ncparks.gov for more information on the 100 Mile Challenge.