Please be aware that the water at each individual campsite at the Crosswinds Campground will be turned off Monday, November 18, 2019 due to freezing temperatures. Water is available at the outside spigots at each shower house in all loops.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
Park road has been cleared, but snow and ice still cover trails.
Mountain bike trails are CLOSED today, November 13. If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.
The Chimney Rock Access of Chimney Rock State Park will be closed November 12th, 13th and 14th due to construction work in progress. This is the section with the flag and elevator. All other accesses of Chimney Rock State Park will be open. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-625-1823. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Itusi Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED due to wet conditions!
Mount Mitchell State Park is closed due to icy road conditions. The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed form Rt 80 north of the park to Craggy Gardens south of the park. Please check the Blue Ridge Road Closure Map for up to date information. https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?mapId=e212fcb5-4ff9-4787-bbe4-3d40cc0d0daa#12/35.7625/-82.2
Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding areas are expecting freezing rain, snow and single digit temperatures beginning the evening of November 11th and continuing for several days. Trails and campsites could become extremely dangerous. Check with park officials for closures and updates before attempting any backcountry access.
Please note Mt. Mitchell State Park is now operating on our Winter Hours Schedule from 7am to 6pm EST. The Museum, Gift Shop, Concession Stand, Restaurant, and Campground are now closed for the season. The Park Office will remain open from 8am-5pm Monday - Friday.
The only open restrooms are located at the Park Office.
The park fills early and often during the fall. Weekends are pretty much a traffic jam from 10 am until 5pm.
Once the mountain is full no cars will be allowed in until there is enough parking spaces available to meet the demand.
On a average weekend day in the fall over 2000 cars try to utilize the mountain which has only 150 formal parking spaces. The rest of the park is not that busy! See bottom of page for info.
Roadside parking is prohibited. Drive through traffic is not possible when we are full. We suggest visiting on a weekday. If you want a uninterrupted scenic drive, visit the nearby blue ridge parkway, a scenic roadway designed for the auto tourist: https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
HIKERS : Please READ the following. These lots are seldom if ever crowded and do not require driving into the mountain and fighting traffic. If you are arriving with a large group of friends to hike, avoid the frustration, plan ahead and USE THESE LOTS!:
Pinnacle Hotel Road parking lot 1459 Pinnacle Hotel Rd, Pinnacle, NC (leads to mountain trail)
Hauser Road parking lot 607 Hauser Rd Pinnacle, NC (leads to river section trails on north side of river, corridor trail)
Pilot Creek Access 303 Boyd Nelson Road, Pilot Mountain, NC (pilot creek trail, leads to mountain)
Bean Shoals Access 200 Yadkin River Park Trail, Pinnacle, NC (Leads to north side of the Yadkin and Canal Wall)
Ivy Bluff Access 4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC (Leads to the south side of the Yadkin)
The swim beach and concession stand at the Paddy's Creek Access closed for the season on October 1. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available to rent after this date.
The beach will reopen on May 1, 2020, and the concession stand will reopen that month as staff are available. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.