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2017 Total Solar Eclipse    

August 21st 2017, Gorges is the only North Carolina State Park to be in the path of Totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

 Posted on: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 4:49pm
** GPS USERS - PLEASE READ **   

GPS DIRECTIONS - Are not reliable in this area.  Use CAUTION. 
Park staff recommend using the following directions. 

Gorges State Park is located in Sapphire, NC in Transylvania County. The park is approximately 45 miles southwest of Asheville. Follow Hwy 64west out of Brevard until you reach Sapphire, turn left on Hwy 281south, the park entrance is .7 miles on your left. The Visitor Center is located .5 miles inside the park on Grassy Ridge Road.

From Asheville, reach the park from I-26, taking exit 40 onto NC 280 and traveling west toward Brevard. Turn west on US 64 and travel toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA, reach the park from I-85, taking South Carolina exit 1 onto SC 11 and traveling north toward Walhalla, SC. Turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

From Charlotte, reach the park by traveling west on NC 74 to I-26. Turn west on I-26, traveling toward Hendersonville. Take exit 49B to NC 64 and travel west through Brevard toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Greenville, SC, reach the park by traveling on US 276 north to SC 11. Take SC 11 south toward Walhalla, SC, and turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

 Posted on: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:02pm
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.

 

National Trail Day – 6/3/17

Gorges State Park will be hosting a National Trails Day – Volunteer Work Day on June 2nd , 2017 at the Park Visitor Center.  Come join the park naturalist and Rangers work on trails surrounding the Visitor Center.  No Experience, Tools or Registration Needed! 
Start Time: 9am
End Time: 1pm
Location – Trails near Visitor Center
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
National Trail Day – 6/3/17

Current plans are for an all day family friendly event on Sunday, August 20th.  To include educational programming, food vendors, exhibitors etc.  For the actual Eclipse we are making plans for educational programs, live streaming from PARI and special viewing areas.  We think this will be  the biggest event the park has hosted to date.   Friends of Gorges is the main event sponsor and the  park is serving as the host and co-organizer.  

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Park Visitor Center

Come to Gorges State Park for your prime viewing of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  Special viewing  locations, live music, food vendors, and live streaming of the Eclipse from P.A.R.I.  Sponsored by the Friends of Gorges State Park.

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Park Wide - All Facilites

Grandparents Day – 9/10/17
               Join Park Superintendent and Grandfather Steve Pagano for a nice leisurely walk from the Park Visitor Center.  The walk will include: observations platforms, picnic areas and the Upper Bearwallow Falls.  Total walking distance @ 2miles or easy to moderate trails.  This will be a rain or shine event with No Reservations Needed ! 
Start Time: 10am
Location: Park Visitor Center

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Grandparents Day – 9/10/17
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 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 
9am  to 5pm 

Business Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 
8am to 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 
Closed