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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
     

 

 

 

News archive

Each of North Carolina's state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. Visitors are also frequently finding new ways to explore a park's unique cultural and natural resources. Check here to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

Annual Rainfall Totals

Gorges State Park averages an incredible 92" of rainfall annually:  Here are some of the recent yearly totals:

2013 : 136.47"
2014 : 82.78"
2015 : 109.15"
2016 : 96.39"
2017 : 89.70"
2018: 136.38"
2019: 108.67"
2020 : 125.18"
2021: 63.13 (updated 8/18/21)

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 4:00pm
Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 10:00am