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Alerts and Closures

 

Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 7:20pm
Raven Rock State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities As of Monday, October 22nd, 2021

**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 6:30 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.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 5:52pm
Lake Norman State Park
Current status of park facilities

The Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 23rd

Boat rentals are not available Saturday, October 23rd 

The visitor center is normally open from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Sunday.

The swim beach is open. There are no lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk. The bathhouse and concessions is currently closed.

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and restroom facilities are open. Bike trails are open, weather permitting. 

Family campsites and group campsites are open for reservations. Visit the reservations website or call 1-877-722-6762 to make a reservation. Reservations for available campsites may be made on the day of arrival up to 7:00 pm. Reservations for available cabins may be made on the day of arrival up to 5:00 pm.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Masks are required inside the Visitor Center.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:29pm
Pilot Mountain State Park
Parking Lot Closure (Pilot Creek)

The Bean Shoals and Ivy Bluff parking lots are now open following the maintenance closure; the Pilot Creek will open the morning of Saturday, October 23rd. Please do not park in front of gates.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 9:59am
Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of September 30, 2021

The October ferry schedule is Friday, Saturday and Sunday hourly beginning at 9:30 am and the last ferry departs from Bear Island at 5:00 pm.  Masks are optional on board the ferry. The last day of ferry service for the 2021 season is October 31, 2021.  Please see the ferry schedule for complete information.

Please Note:  Ferry tickets are sold in person on a first come first served basis.  There are no reservations for the ferry.

Bear Island bathhouse restroom facilities are open daily with potable (drinkable) water.  On November 15, 2021, the bathhouse will be CLOSED and winterized until the spring of 2022. The concession stand is CLOSED for the season and there are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty.  Please swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.

Visitor center, exhibit hall, trails, mainland restrooms, and the boat ramp are open daily.  The boat ramp will be closed from 9–10am and 2-3pm for ferry re-fueling as well as Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am – 11am for ferry vessel maintenance.  Masks are required in all park buildings. 

Bear Island is open for day use and the Bear Island beachfront and sound side campsites are open for campers.  Sound side campsites are not accessible by ferry and have no access to the bathhouse.  Sound-side campers must have transportation to the island by canoe, kayak, or private boat and must bring all necessities with them. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Please note open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Beachside campsites will be CLOSED during “King Tide Events”, June 22 – 26, 2021; July 21 – 25, 2021; October 6 – 12, 2021; November 3 – 9, 2021, and December 2 – 7, 2021. A king tide occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align, resulting in exceptionally high tides.  Beach erosion from hurricanes and winter storms, reduced the Bear Island primary dune and during king tides, ocean waves will be at the dunes, restricting access to campsites 1-11 for extended periods of time.

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, Gate Hours 8am – 6pm. 

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 9:16am
Goose Creek State Park
Prescribed Fire and Status of Trails

Due to continued dry weather, there could be residual smoke from a prescribed fire on some trails, Tar-Kiln, Huckeberry, Mallard Creek, and main park road.

All day use areas, including trails and swim beach, close  ONE HOUR  prior to posted gate hours.

Most trails at the park are open, with the exception of trails that were already closed due to previous damage, Palmetto Boardwalk and Flatty Creek Trails. 

Campsites, including group campsites, are open. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. Camper cabins are open for reservations with a two night minimum. They are closed on Sunday for cleaning.

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 8:00am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails Are OPEN Today

The mountain bike trails and the State Park sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail are OPEN today, October 22.

Be advised that the direction of Tindo and Wimba trails has changed as of October 1. The Tindo Trail is going in a counterclockwise direction, and the Wimba Trail is going in a clockwise direction. Ignoring 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.

For information about Burke County portions of the Fonta Flora State Trail, please visit their website at https://www.burkenc.org/1258/Fonta-Flora-State-Trail.

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.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 7:19am
Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 8:30am
Lake James State Park
Current status of facilities at Lake James State Park

As of August 20, 2021, face masks are required inside facilities at state parks regardless of vaccination status.

Unless otherwise indicated, all campgrounds, trails, picnic areas, boat ramps, fishing piers, and restrooms are open. Please maintain a social distance of six feet, regardless of the behavior of others.

The Paddy’s Creek Swim Area is closed for the season. It will reopen May 1, 2022. The concession stand and boat rental concession are also closed for the season and will open sometime in May 2022
 
Picnic shelters are available for reservations or casual use on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the park office for information on how to make reservations.

The Catawba River park office and gift shop is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Paddy's Creek park office and gift shop is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Hours are subject to change on short notice.

Groups larger than 200 people are not permitted. When park rangers feel that the park has reached a safe capacity, the entrance gates may be closed. Entry and/or re-entry to the park is not guaranteed, except for campground reservation holders.

**The information on this alert is the current status of the park. This alert is updated only when the status changes.**

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:27pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
2022 Construction Affecting Reservations

Major construction projects are tentatively scheduled to start in the park on March 1, 2022. This construction will require closures of the family campground loops, family cabins and Picnic Shelter A on top of Morrow Mountain. The group campground, primitive campground, community building, Picnic shelter B, and Picnic Shelter C will be available for reservations.

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:33pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
Overnight Reservations Required Before Arrival

Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 8:00 p.m. on the day of reservation. Campers may go directly to their campsite after 4:00 pm on day of arrival and must vacate site before 3:00 pm on their last day. Cabin check-in is after 4:00 pm and check-out is required before 10:00 am.

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