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

 

 

 

Gorges State Park

Gorges State Park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species, and exploration of this unique environment often begins at the expansive visitor center with its museum-quality exhibits, augmented by picnic grounds and shelters. Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of Gorges with distance hiking, backpack camping, trout fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding welcome in various parts of the rugged interior. The 7,500-acre park incorporates a portion the long-distance Foothills Trail and touches Lake Jocassee at the South Carolina border. Trails and campsites continue to be developed at this relatively new state park.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite or facility online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Notices and alerts
 

Campground hosts needed

Gorges State Park is looking for campground hosts for the new campground. Please email the park at gorges@ncparks.gov or call 828-966-9099 to apply or for more information.

 

Raymond Fisher campground closed

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.

 

Caution in waterfall areas

Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.

 


Current weather
 

28774 Sapphire, NC

 


 

 

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 10:00am
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 3:00pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 4:00pm