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New COVID-19 information for parks under phase 2.5

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Additional facilities at state parks have reopened under the new phase 2.5 guidelines. Most visitor centers and park offices are open, and masks or face coverings are required to enter. Picnic shelters and group campsites that accommodate less than 50 people are open. Playgrounds are open.

Currently, most trails and restrooms are open. Several boat ramps are open.

All camping reservations must be done online. There are no walk-up reservations. (The only exceptions are backcountry campsites with self-registration boxes at trailheads. Please check the park pages regarding this for more information.)

All inland swim beaches and swim areas remain CLOSED. This includes the swim beaches at: Cliffs of the Neuse, Goose Creek, Hanging Rock, Jones Lake, Lake James,  and Lake Norman state parks; the swim piers at Lake Waccamaw, Pettigrew, and Singletary Lake state parks; and all swim areas at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. There are no equipment rentals and concessions available.

Indoor facilities are currently not available for reservation. Larger outdoor facilities with a maximum capacity of more than 50 people are also not available for reservation. 

When you're at the park:

  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet, regardless of the behavior of others
  • Bring a mask or face covering; they are required to be worn inside buildings and when social distancing cannot be implemented
  • Share the trail — warn other trail users of your presence, step to the side or wait at the end of a bridge
  • Do not enter restrooms until others have cleared out and please be patient when staff is cleaning them
  • Touch as few surfaces as possible
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit
  • Do not share equipment like phones or cameras with other visitors
  • If the park seems crowded when you arrive, come back another time
  • Stay at home if you are exhibiting symptoms

Thank you for following these guidelines and helping us keep you, your fellow visitors and our staff safe as we open facilities at our parks.