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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:26am
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Flooding at Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake has risen 7.5 feet since 8:00 am on 5/17/18 due to extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Roanoke River Basin.  The lake level was 308.39’ msl as of 8:00 am on 5/22/18. It is still rising and there is more rain in the forecast before and through Memorial Day.  Lake level predictions have been very difficult to make with the long term rain event that has occurred and will likely change.  We have begun notifying those with reservations on impacted sites.  We are confident that there will be significant flooding of campsites and boat ramps for Memorial Day Weekend.

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

All campgrounds have flooded sites.

The campgrounds at Bullocksville and Henderson Point are entirely closed right now due to flooded roads.

Hourly lake level information can be found at:


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:35am
Medoc Mountain State Park
Bike Trails Closed to Bicycle Traffic

The bike trails are closed to bicycle traffice due to the recent rainfall. This alert will be removed as soon as they re-open.

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:44pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Memorial Weekend Beach/Day Use Areas

  You should expect, and plan for, traffic congestion and delays when driving to the park. Once all parking spaces are full, additional cars will not be allowed into Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The best time to come is normally early in the morning or late in the afternoon and carpool as much as possible. Bring all food, drinks, and recreational equipment into the park with you.  If you leave the park to purchase soft drinks, lunch, or other items, you may not get back into the park when you return. Do not attempt to park outside of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and then walk into the park.  Pedestrians will not be allowed into the park. Do not park your vehicle in the “No Parking” zones posted around Jordan Lake.   Law enforcement officials will be enforcing parking violations through fines and by towing illegally parked vehicles.


Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:55pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Vista Point Closure - Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon

Vista Point will be closed to the general public 5-31-18 through 6-3-18 for the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon.  Please make plans to use other areas for boat ramps or hiking trails during this time.  Seaforth, Parker's Creek, New Hope and Ebenezer will be alternatives.

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:45pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Trail and Campsite Closures

Nuwati and Cragway trails remain CLOSED until further notice due to hazardous conditions. All trails sustained extensive damage, are badly eroded, and have standing and moving water. All surfaces are slick. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge.

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 8:41am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED today.

The mountain bike trails at Lake James State Park are CLOSED today.   Be advised that the direction of Tindo and Wimba trails have changed.  Tindo trail is going in a counter clockwise direction and Wimba trail is going in a clockwise direction.  The direction of these trails will stay like this until the beginning of July. If the time stamp on this alert is more than 24 hours old, please feel free to call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the most up to date information. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 9:20am
Pilot Mountain State Park
CLOSED - Bean Shoals Access - River Section Closed

Bean Shoals Access of Pilot Mountain State Park will remain closed due to flooding and blockage of stream crossings by flood debris. This alert will be removed when the access is re-opened. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:42am
Lumber River State Park
Chalk Banks Challenge Cancelled

The Chalks Banks Challenge is cancelled due to the threat of severe thunderstorms today. We hope to reschedule the event--please check back for updates. 

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:25pm
Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park Primitive Backpack sites E and F are closed due to past storm damage.  These sites are located on the Widow's Creek Trail.
We appreciate your patience as we try to get this reopened for your enjoyment.

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:29pm
Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park has closed its horse trails due to the inclement weather until further notice.

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