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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Monday, June 27, 2022 - 11:31am
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Park Office/Visitor Center Closure

Please be advised the park office/visitor center at Jordan Lake will be open sporadically during the 4th of July weekend, please call 919-362-0586 before coming out.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Thank you

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 11:52am
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Restrooms Closed

The restrooms at the Summit are closed from June 27 - 30 for repairs.  There is an ADA restroom at the park office for public use.

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 9:24am
Lake Norman State Park
Mountain bike trails are OPEN

Mountain bike trails are OPEN.

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 8:26am
South Mountains State Park
Now Hiring - Seasonal General Utility Worker - multiple positions

South Mountains State Park is hiring NOW!
Position: General Utility Worker.

Work includes facility and grounds management, including but not limited to, cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance, visitor assistance and assisting park staff in other necessary park operations. No experience necessary.

There are multiple positions. All are 40 hours a week, either 6 months or 11 months. Weekend and holiday work is required. Some evening shifts are required. Pay is $12/hour.
Must be 18+ and have a valid driver's license.

If interested, complete the NC PD-107 Paper Application for Employment and email to or mail to the park at 3001 South Mountains State Park Ave, Connelly Springs, NC 28612. Applications may also be picked up at the park visitor center from 8am-5pm, 7 days a week.

Please call the park office at 828-433-4772 with any further questions.

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 8:20am
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Park Closing Early

Mount Jeffeson SNA will not be open for viewing of the Holiday fireworks.  The park will close between 7pm - 8pm on Monday July 4th.
Have a safe and happy Holiday...

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 7:43am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike and State Park Section of Fonta Flora Trails OPEN Today

The mountain bike trails and the State Park sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail are OPEN today, June 27.

Be advised that the direction of Tindo and Wimba trails has changed as of April 8, 2022. The Tindo Trail is going in a counterclockwise direction. West Wimba Trail is going in a clockwise direction.  East Wimba will be going in a counterclockwise 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
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.

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 6:53am
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Park Advisory July 2, 3 and 4

Beach and boat access areas are very popular, particularly on days with nice weather. Visitors should plan for traffic congestion near the park and delays when searching for available parking spaces. Once all parking spaces are full additional cars will not be allowed in the park until spaces open again and if you leave re-entry is not guaranteed. The busiest and most congested times at the park are 11am until 4pm. Do not attempt to park outside the recreation area and walk into the park. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk into the park, also please do not slow down or stop in the road or highway to speak with park staff when they are trying to direct traffic due to safety concerns.

Do not park your vehicles in undesignated areas and no parking zones as park rangers, state troopers and other law enforcement officers will be enforcing parking violations through fines and by towing.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 5:28pm
Raven Rock State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities As of Monday, June 27th, 2022

**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 7:00 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.

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 recommended 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 5:29pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
Overnight Reservations Required Before Arrival

Camping reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Only group campsites and primitive campsites are currently available. Due to construction and renovations, our family campsites and family cabins are closed. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 9:00 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 5:31pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
Facility Closures

Major construction projects are scheduled to start on June 13, 2022. This construction is requiring closures of all three family campground loops, the family cabins and picnic shelter A on top of Morrow Mountain. The swimming pool will also be closed in 2022 for major renovations. Group and primitive camping, picnic shelters B and C, and the community building are still be available for reservations.

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