All trails, the boat ramp, restrooms, family camping, primitive camping and vacation cabins are OPEN. Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 8 p.m. on the day of reservation. Restrooms will be closed periodically so that staff can adhere to new cleaning protocols. Weather-based horse trail closures will continue to be updated on the park's main webpage.
The park office is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. The lodge and museum remain closed.
Picnic shelters are open and available for reservation.
Boat rentals and the boathouse, concession stands, and water fountains remain closed. Group campsites remain closed until further notice due to a challenging natural resource concern with the restroom facilities.
Park hours are 7:00am to 8:00pm. Day use areas close at 7:00 pm. Parking is limited to available spaces only to keep the park under capacity. There is no overflow parking or parking allowed on road shoulders. When capacity is reached, only those with camping/cabin reservations will be allowed to enter the park.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following a phased reopening statewide. As of November 13, we are following modified Phase 3.Last updated on: Monday, November 16, 2020
Contact the park
49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
GPS: 35.3737, -80.0735
- December to February:
7:00am to 7:00pm
- March to April:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- May to September:
7:00am to 10:00pm
7:00am to 9:00pm
7:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
- Open 8:00am to 4:30pm
- Hours may change on state holidays and weekends.
- Closed Christmas Day
- August hours may vary depending on staff.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:
Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.
Tent, trailer and RV camping
Choose from 106 campsites for tents and RVs.
Each site in the family campground is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Fires must be contained in the grill provided or you may use your own grill/stove. Drinking water and modern restrooms with showers are conveniently located.
Camp Loop C has 22 sites with electrical hook-ups. It has six wheelchair-accessible campsites and a wheelchair-accessible shower house.
There are no water or sewer hook-ups at the campground. A dump station is provided near the campground entrance. Campers should fill up on water at the dump station.
A maximum of six people and two tents are allowed to stay on each campsite.
An amphitheater, where interpretive programs are often held, is located near the campground.
Backpack into the woods for camping in a wilderness setting. The primitive campground is a 2-mile hike from the park office.
A pit toilet is provided in the camping area, but drinking water and all other supplies must be carried to the site.
A backpack camping permit is required and may be obtained from park staff. All trash must be packed out.
The group tent camping area is located near the river and can be reached by a gravel loop road.
Six sites, each with picnic tables and a grill, provide a wilderness camping experience for organized groups.
Fires must be contained in the grill provided or you may use your own grill/stove. Drinking water and a wheelchair-accessible shower house are centrally located. Campsite #4 is wheelchair accessible.
Six rustic family vacation cabins offer the opportunity to get away from it all. Located in a wooded section of the park, each cabin accomodates up to six people.
The cabins have a bathroom, living room, fireplace, kitchen with dining space and two bedrooms. No linens or pillows are provided, so please bring your own.
One cabin is wheelchair accessible. Animals are not allowed in the cabins or cabin area, with the exception of service animals.
There is a two-night minimum for cabin rental. From the second Monday in June through the third Monday in August, there is a seven-night minimum (Monday to Monday).
NOTE – Gate access for campers:
Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify camp hosts for emergencies only.