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Satterwhite Point Road Bridge Over I-85...   

The Satterwhite Point Road bridge over I-85 at exit 217 is closed for repairs and is not scheduled to reopen until April 25th or later.  This impacts travel for some visitors heading to Satterwhite Point and Nutbush.

Those heading south on I-85 will be able to use exit 217 at Satterwhite Point road to access Satterwhite Point and Nutbush. 

Those heading north on I-85 or US 1 will need to take Hwy 39 N.  From I-85 exit 214/Hwy 39 intersection, follow Hwy 39 north for approximately 4.3 miles.  Turn right on Nutbush Rd. and take Nutbush Rd approximately 1.5 miles to get to Nutbush.  To get to Satterwhite Point, take Nutbush Road for 3 miles to intersection with Satterwhite Point Rd. Turn left onto Satterwhite Point Rd.  The campground will be on the left at approximately 2.4 miles.
 

 Last updated on: Thursday, April 18, 2019

History

The Occoneechee Indians once lived in the Kerr Lake area until they were dispersed by Nathanial Bacon in 1676. Until that date, the Roanoke River was the main transportation and supply route for both Native Americans and early settlers. Constant, regular flooding of the river provided rich and productive farmland that sustained the area for generations.

The development of cities and homes along the river and the increased demand for flood control and electricity led to the construction of the John H. Kerr Reservoir, named after the North Carolina congressman instrumental in the reservoir's development. Construction of this reservoir that straddles Virginia and North Carolina began in 1946 and was completed in 1952.

The Kerr Reservoir Commission was then created to govern the North Carolina parks bordering the lake. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation eventually took control of the seven recreation areas of the reservoir in 1975. In addition to water resource management, the reservoir provides fish and wildlife conservation, forest management and recreation.


6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537

252-438-7791
kerr.lake@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 36.441100, -78.368800

 

November – February: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March, April, September and October: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May – August: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

The day use areas at Bullocksville, Henderson Point Shelter 1 and Satterwhite Point are open year-round. All other day use areas are closed late October – late March. The Henderson Point day use area for shelter 2, shelter 3 and the community building is closed late October – late March but will be opened for groups who rent the community building or the shelters.

County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush have 24-hour boat ramp facilities open year-round. All other day use areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Park Hours - Campgrounds
J.C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point and Nutbush are open for camping year-round and have 24 hours access. All other campground areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Other Campground gate hours are as follows:
March, April and October: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May – September: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day

2018 Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)