The lower part of the Balsam Nature Trail will be closed from 7am to 5pm Tuesday August 3 until Friday August 6 2021 for trail improvements.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
**Parking areas fill up to capacity each weekend day. Please plan your trip accordingly or come on a weekday.**
Reservations are required for all camping; no walk-ups permitted. You can make a reservation online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. Primitive backback campers must arrive before 7 p.m. on the day of your reservation. You must check in with a park ranger prior to going to your site. Information regarding camping will be given to registered campers upon reservation.
A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.
Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.
The mountain bike trails and the State Park sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail are OPEN today, August 2.
Be advised that the direction of Tindo and Wimba trails has changed. The Tindo trail is going in a clockwise direction, and the Wimba trail is going in a counterclockwise direction.
This opening does NOT cover sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail located off State Park Property. For Burke County Fonta Flora State Trail status please visit: www.burkenc.org/1258/Fonta-Flora-State-Trail.
***MORE IMPORTANT INFO BELOW***
This includes the section of Fonta Flora State Trail that starts at the Linville River and ventures out onto the Long Arm Peninsula.
When trailhead parking lots are closed it means the associated trail is closed to ALL use (hikers and bikers) due to wet trail conditions or other hazards.
Ignoring such closures will cause permanent damage to the trail system and could lead to a citation and fine. Your cooperation ensures we can keep the trail system healthy and functioning for YOUR benefit and safety.
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.
Due to high water levels the Bird and Galax trails bridge is submerged and not passable. The Bird and Galax trails may be accessed via the Lake trail.
Gift Shop Hours
July 31 to August 31:
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
A roofing replacement project has begun today, July 27, 2021, at the visitor center at Carolina Beach State Park. This project will last through the first week of August.
The visitor center should remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but please be aware of the possibility of delays and alternative building entry points. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The annual Grandfurther Race will be held at Grandfather Mountain State Park along Profile Trail on Saturday, August 21st from 8 AM to 2 PM with approximately 150 runners. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 22nd.
The new Profile Connector is open effective July 15, 2021, after long-term construction. The connector offers additional trail mileage along the Profile Trail. The connector trail blaze is currently a florescent yellow diamond. The trailhead to access the Profile Trail and Profile Connector is located at 4198 NC Highway 105 North, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
Visitors seeking further information should call the park at 828-963-9522.
The lake swimming area will continue to be open Thursdays - Mondays -- five days a week -- until Monday, August 16. After this, the area will be open on weekends only until September 6 (swimming will be also available on Labor Day Monday, September 6).
Please note: Diving platform availability will be limited as we are extremely short-staffed.
Swimming is not allowed when the lake is closed. Please contact the park for more information.