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Beach & Cove Picnic Area Closed - Saturday AM, May 5


On Saturday, May 5, 2018, SetUp Events will be holding the Lake Norman Sprint Triathlon centering around the state park Beach and Cove Picnic Area. From 8:00 am to 1:00 pm vehicle traffic will not be allowed to enter the beach area. Patrons wishing to hike the Lakeshore Trail will be directed to park and access the Lakeshore Trail at the Boat Ramp or Group Camp Parking Lot. 

Visitors to Lake Norman State Park on that day are asked to be extremely cautious as race participants will be running and bicycling in the park and on the surrounding roadways.

What's Going on at Gorges?

Trail Volunteers Needed
No Experience Necessary *  Honor Your New Year’s Resolution  * Great Exercise  * Meet New Friends  *  Learn New Skills *  HAVE FUN!
Gorges State Park in partnership with Friends of Gorges is constructing a New Interactive Trail at the park Visitor Center.  This short, easy, all age friendly trail is being sponsored by the Friends of Gorges. We need YOU to make it a reality by May 1st 2018! 

Night Sounds; A hikers and campers guide to nature's nightlife

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:

2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities

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

14th Annual Catawba RiverFest Celebration


The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest will take place at Lake James State Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Paddy’s Creek Area off Highway 126 in Nebo.

Facilities at the park include a 700-foot swimming beach, concession stand, bathhouse, two picnic shelters, more than 20 individual picnic sites, approximately seven miles of hiking trails and 14.5 miles of mountain biking trails.