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Temporary Closures on Foothills Trail...   

On June 27, Duke Energy will begin repairing the Toxaway River pedestrian bridge located on the Foothills Trail between the Laurel Fork and Cane Brake trail heads. While the upgrades and repairs are underway, the bridge may experience temporary closures during daylight hours. Known full day (approx. 8am – 4pm) bridge closures will be posted below. Additionally, the bridge will be limited to no more than 20 people crossing at one time. The upgrades and repairs to the bridge are scheduled to be complete by the end of September. 

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Partial Trail Closure - Auger Hole Trail   

A section of the Auger Hole trail is closed to all traffic until further notice due to a massive landslide that has taken out all access not only to the public but to park staff.
The Auger Hole is open from the parking lot at Frozen Creek Entrance to where the Wintergreen trail breaks off Auger Hole Trail to the right.  From that point on to Turkeypen Gap, the trail is closed and will remain closed until the trail is fixed.
The trail closure will be lengthy as park staff are evaluating and developing options to resolve the closure. For more information or updates call the park office at (828) 966-9099.

 

 Last updated on: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Events and Programs

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.

 

Year of the Snake Children’s Activities
Wednesday Mornings
June, July, and & August
10AM – 12PM
 
Join us Wednesday mornings for our special Year of the Snake children’s activities. (Excluding July 24)

  • No reservations required!
  • All activity materials will be provided!
  • Free!
Date of Event:
Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Classroom

 Come join Ranger Hill to learn about the wonder life of Lichens and there role in the ecosystem at Gorges State Park. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/28/2019 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Year of the Snake Children’s Activities
Wednesday Mornings
June, July, and & August
10AM – 12PM
 
Join us Wednesday mornings for our special Year of the Snake children’s activities. (Excluding July 24)

  • No reservations required!
  • All activity materials will be provided!
  • Free!
Date of Event:
Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Classroom

An introduction to using a Map and Compass

Come join a Ranger to learn the basics of topographic maps, using a compass, and implementing tools skills while hiking. We will begin in the class room at the visitor center. Bring an orienteering compass with a baseplate if you have one, a few compass’s will be available for participants to borrow. Weather dependent we will spend time hiking, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and appropriate clothing. A backpack is recommended to reserve the use of hands for using a compass. The classroom portion will be held at the visitor center classroom and will last about an hour. Those who are ready for an adventure will test their skills with a Ranger and venture to see some rarely seen parts of the Park!

Date of Event:
Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Year of the Snake Children’s Activities
Wednesday Mornings
June, July, and & August
10AM – 12PM
 
Join us Wednesday mornings for our special Year of the Snake children’s activities. (Excluding July 24)

  • No reservations required!
  • All activity materials will be provided!
  • Free!
Date of Event:
Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Classroom

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774

828-966-9099
gorges@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.096000, -82.951000

 

General Park Hours
7am to 9pm

Picnic Areas
8am to 7:30pm

Visitor Center
Monday - Sunday
9am to 5pm