The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. Please feel free to contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status if date stamp is more than 24 hours old.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
Parker's Creek campground is the campground open for the winter months. Loops 1 & 2 are reservations only and loop 4 is a first come first serve loop.
The address for Parker's Creek is: Parker's Creek Beach Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will fully reopen to the public on Wednesday, November 22. Visitors will be able to hike all trails and access both Chimney Rock itself and the top of Hickory Nut Falls. The attraction will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for the holiday.
Please contact the state park office at 828-625-1823 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Completion of the elevator repair project was affected by the October 23 landslide, so the elevator will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
Good news! We have been working diligently to open up the Lakeshore Trail. Lakeshore Trail from the Visitor's Center to Campsite 4 is once again open. The park staff are still working on the trail from campsite 4 to the Dam. The trail from campsite 4 to the Dam is a work in progress. Please be patient. Construction has begun on the new boardwalk that was washed away by Hurricane Matthew last year. We are hoping to have the entire Lake Shore Trail open before Spring 2018.
The following facilities are CLOSED due to storm damage:
-The trail/stairs from the top of Stone Mountain Falls to the bottom of the falls
-The trail from the summit of Stone Mountain down to the gravel access road of the Hutchinson Homestead
- Backpack campsites E & F
Thank you for your patience as we work to get these areas cleared for use again. We will update our website as soon as these areas open.
Due to cloudy weather with signifigant wind gusts, the Saturday November 18th Stars and Planets has been moved to Sunday November 19th at 6 pm. If you are attending, please dress warmly as the predicted low for Sunday night is 28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Please use extreme caution when using the boat ramps at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area as the lake levels are low and can create hazards while loading and unloading water craft.
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Location: Rollingview Community Building located at 4201 Baptist Road, NC 27587
Topic: Falls Lake State Recreation Area is having a meeting referencing extending the Holly Point Campground's "no wake zone" for safety concerns. Invitation is open to the public.
The Stargazing Program conducted by the Astronomical Society for Saturday, November 18, 2017 has been cancelled due to predicted clouds and rain.