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Current park status – Closures from Tropical Storm Michael   

Many campsites, a few picnic shelters and all boat ramps operated by Kerr Lake State Recreation Area have been closed due to flooding and other impacts from Tropical Storm Michael.  Kerr Reservoir rose over 12 feet from 301.5’ msl on Thursday, October 11th, to 313.75’ msl as of Tuesday, October 16th at 8:00 am and is predicted to crest round 314’ msl on the October 16th or 17th.  The lake level is predicted to still be around 312’ msl going into the weekend.

The reservation call center is contacting customers who reserved impacted facilities through October 25th; The facilities that are closed are:

Henderson Point:

Henderson Point Picnic Shelters #1, #2 and #3

 

Hibernia: All of Hibernia will be closed through the end of the season (October 28)

J.C. Cooper Campground:  All of JC Cooper campground is currently closed, but sites 80-102, 104, H-1 and H-2 are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, October 18th.

The following JC Cooper Campground Sites will remain closed through at least October 25th:  Campsites 1-79, 103 and H-3 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34A, 34B, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41D, 43, 44A, 44B, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 103, H3)

JC Cooper Group Area

 

Kimball Point:

Area 2 Campsites:  43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78D

Kimball Point Picnic Shelter

Nutbush:  Area 3 Campsites:  51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 86, 87, 88, 93, 94, 95, 100, 101, 102, 107, 108, 109

Satterwhite Point:  Shelter #1 and Shelter #2

The bridges on Anderson Creek Rd., Jacksontown Rd. and Nutbush Rd are all currently closed due to flooding.

Note: The campgrounds at Bullocksville, County Line and Henderson Point are already closed for the season.

 

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Trails

Trails along the lake shore and near campgrounds offer relaxed hiking opportunities that are family-friendly and a opportunity to view the lake from different vantage points.

 

Big Poplar Trail
Location: Satterwhite Point / JC Cooper Campground
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Kerr Lake Track Trail
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The Kerr Lake State Recreation Area TRACK Trail is a 0.75 mile hike one-way (1.5 mile round-trip) through a mixed hardwood and pine tree forest along the edge of Kerr Lake. The trail features interpretive signs.

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Ole Still Trail
Location: Bullocksville access
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Plantation Trail
Location: Hibernia access
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Contact:

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
252-438-7791
kerr.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.441100
Longitude: -78.368800

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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)