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Trail Volunteers   

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!
 
Scheduled Work Days:
February – 10, 14, 17, & 21.
March – 21, 24, & 28.
April – 11, 14, 18, 25.
 
9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Or Whenever YOU can make it !
 
Contact Information:  To sign-up contact Patricia at:828.966.9099 or patricia.riddle@ncparks.gov
                                    For more information contact Steve at 828.966.9099 or steve.pagano@ncparks.gov
 

 Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:23pm
Gorges Spring ART Show   

The Friends of Gorges State Park is pleased to announce its first spring art show May 18 – 20. 2018 hosted by Gorges State Park. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina our fine art show will focus exclusively on the landscape and wildlife of this area. Acceptable media will include painting, fiber and photography. There will be no cost to the artists and all works may be exhibited for sale to the Park visitors.

 

The show will be located in the Park's Visitors Center which is open to the public everyday except December 25. The Auditorium and Classroom will be used for the artist setups and will be secured during show off hours. Exhibitors will be required to provide their own setups with chairs and a table available from the park.

 

Artists interested in exhibiting may receive more information by contacting events@friendsofgorges.org or visiting www.friendsofgorges.org.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:18pm
TRAIL ADVISORY   

All trail users are urged to use caution on ALL Park Trails.  The winter has been extremely wet with rain totals already over 20" since January 1 !   Trails are extremely wet, soft, and slippery.  Please becareful  , stay on designated marked trails and watch your footing.

 Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:18pm
Activities

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Fishing and Boating

Rainbow trout, brown trout and smallmouth bass can be found in the waters of Gorges State Park. Fishermen who are up to the challenge of fishing in remote locations, are invited to try their luck. All streams and rivers in the park are designated Wild Trout Waters. Regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission apply. Anglers should exercise caution and stay away from waterfalls. Due to the rugged nature of the park and swift water currents, no swimming is allowed in rivers, creeks or ponds. Bearwallow Creek and Toxaway River both flow through the center of the park. Lake Jocassee, a deep lake straddling the North and South Carolina border is a haven for trout and bass fishermen. Boat access is available at Devil’s Fork State Park in South Carolina.

Mountain biking and horseback riding

See Trails for more information. Horses and mountain bikes are permitted on the Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek access area to Turkey Pen Gap on the western boundary of Gorges State Park. The Frozen Creek access area in Rosman provides a picnic area and trailhead for the equestrian and hiking trail. Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted beyond Turkey Pen Gap.

All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.

Picnicking

Picnic tables in the midst of the forest make Gorges State Park a pleasant spot for lunch or dinner after an exhilarating hike. Some picnic tables are wheelchair accessible. Visitors must carry out what they bring into the park. Recycling stations are located throughout the park. Two picnic shelters are reservable.

Waterfall Overlook

This overlook is accessible from the Bearwallow Picnic Area. The trail begins near the parking lot and is blazed with blue circles. The trail leads to a small observation platform overlooking a long cascade on Bearwallow Creek.

As the park undergoes evaluation, additional hiking trails may be developed. Existing trails in sensitive habitats may close due to concern for natural resource protection.

To minimize human impact on the park, Gorges State Park is a carry-in / carry-out facility. Recycling containers are located throughout the park for the convenience of visitors.

Please exercise caution while hiking near waterfalls. Not only are the rocks slick and the risk for injury high; many rare species thrive in the misty atmosphere created by the falls, and human contact can be detrimental to the plants' survival.

Contact:

Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Road
SapphireNC 28774
Phone(828) 966-9099
gorges@ncparks.gov, Caution: GPS directions in this area of the state are not reliable.
Latitude: 35.096000
Longitude: -82.951000

Park Hours:

General Park Hours
7am to Midnight

Picnic Areas
8am to Dusk

Visitor Center
Monday - Friday 
9am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 
9am  to 5pm 

Business Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 
8am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 
Closed