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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
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

Gorges State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Hike with a Ranger! Join us for a short 0.4-mile round trip hike to one of Gorges State Parks Waterfalls. We will learn how waterfalls are formed and the three different types of waterfalls. Please bring proper footwear and water. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 12/10/2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Bearwallow Picnic Area

Join us for a relaxing nature journaling activity. This month’s theme will be weather patterns in Gorges State Park. Some art supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any of your favorite materials as well. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/11/2021 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center - Classroom

Come join in a top-secret investigation and help identify the wildlife around the park using only there tracks to find them! 

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/19/2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor's Center

Hike with a Ranger! Join us for a short 0.4-mile round trip hike to one of Gorges State Parks Waterfalls. We will learn how waterfalls are formed and the three different types of waterfalls. Please bring proper footwear and water.  
 

Date of Event:
Mon, 12/20/2021 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Bearwallow Picnic Area

2021 is the NC State Park Year of the Beetle! Come to the Park Visitor’s Center for a storybook reading all about Beetles. Coloring Pages will also be provided. Storybooks are recommended for young audiences, but all are welcome.  

Date of Event:
Tue, 12/21/2021 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Visitor's Center