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Toxaway River at Gorges State Park. Photo by A. Coburn.
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Bear Activity   

Please use safe practices if you see a black bear while hiking.  
Safe practices are:
Keeping a safe distance away from the bear.
Make loud noises by clapping hands or shouting "hey bear'"
Stay calm by staying still or slowly backing away from the bear, do not run from the bear. 

Please report any bear sightings in the park to park staff at the visitor center. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Gorges State Park


Contact the park
 

828-966-9099

gorges@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774

GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510

 

Frozen Creek access

Frozen Creek Road
Brevard, NC 28712

GPS: 35.1086, -82.8837
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • 8:00am to 7:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.

 

Backpack camping

Gorges State Park offers primitive backcountry camping in a spectacular natural environment. A favorite park for backpackers who are looking to get away from the beaten trail, campers will find solitude after the strenuous hike.

Primitive camping is available from the Frozen Creek Access Area and the Grassy Ridge Access Area. There are six designated backpack sites along the Foothills Trail near the southern boundary of Gorges State Park. These sites are free of charge and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. They are not reservable. Access to the Foothills Trail at Gorges State Park is at the Frozen Creek parking lot. Follow the square yellow markers on the Cane Brake Trail.

Please note that as of July 19, 2021, the Raymond Fisher campground is permanently closed. The park will be opening a new campground in late 2021.

 

NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 4:00pm
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 4:00pm