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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:09pm
Pilot Mountain State Park



March-October the shuttle will run10:00am to 6:00pm every Saturday, Sunday, and state holiday.  March-October at 6:00 pm the road to the summit will reopen for uphill traffic (until the parking lot reaches capacity). 
Beginning November 1st the shuttle will run 9:00am to 4:00pm for uphill travel (if seats are available) and downhill runs will continue 4:15 until 5:15 (if seats are available) every Saturday, Sunday and state holiday. For the safety of visitors and staff there will be no uphill visitor traffic on weekends and holidays after 9am in November.

All downhill traffic can leave freely, but no more incoming vehicle traffic will occur past the new visitor center when the road is closed to uphill traffic. Visitors who arrive when the road to the summit is closed will have the option of either riding the shuttle (weekends and holidays) from the new visitor center, parking at the new visitor center and hiking the trails up, or visiting one of the other park accesses.
The shuttle has a capacity of 22 people with one wheelchair lift. Passengers will be asked to wear masks and the vehicle will be disinfected after each trip. If visitors want to order tickets in advance, they may do so at or they can order on-site at shuttle in front of visitor center via credit card or the app. No cash transactions. Ordering tickets in advance guarantees a ride, not a specific timeThe fare is $5.00 for adults, kids 13 and under ride free. The fare for a one-way trip down is $2.50 (if seats are available). 

Visitor Center parking – 200 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Grassy Ridge Trail, Mountain Trail)
Old Park Office parking  – 30 cars – (Grindstone Trail, Mountain Trail)
Summit (upper) parking  –  90 cars – (Jomeokee Trail, overlooks, Ledge Springs Trail)
Use the following lots if you want to skip the crowds and take a longer hike, or visit the Yadkin River:
Pinnacle Hotel Road – 50 cars  134 Culler Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the Mountain Trail and Corridor Trail, and Grassy Ridge Trail)
Pilot Creek Trailhead – 15 cars  382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the Pilot Creek Trail)
Bean Shoals/Hauser Road – 40 cars  622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle NC – (Access to the southern Corridor Trail, Horne Creek Trail, Canal Trail)
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead – 20 cars  4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC – (Access to the Ivy Bluffs Trail)
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch – 10 cars  4454 Shoals Road, East Bend NC – (Access to the Yadkin River paddle trail)

RESTROOMS, VISITOR CENTER: Under COVID phase 3.0 the new visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open with a max capacity of 25 people. Bathrooms are open and available.

CAMPGROUND: Campground is closed due to lightning damage to the sewer system.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are required to be worn when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible, unless an exception applies. Face coverings are required to utilize the shuttle, visit the gift shop or visitor center exhibit hall.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:56am
William B Umstead State Park
Begining Tuesday all Bathrooms will be Closed on the Crabtree Side

We are haveing maintence done on the water lines and we will not have any running water. All bathhouses will be locked Tueday. We are placing ADA acciable porta-johns at the Visitor Center and the bottom parking lots where Big Lake is. The water will be off for at least a few days. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:36am
Mount Mitchell State Park
Current status of park facilities

Due to record number of visitors, the park has been reaching capacity nearly everyday. When this happens, the park closes until enough vehicles exit. Please plan your trip for early in the day, or later in the evening if possible. 

Restrooms are open.

The summit observation tower is now open every day. 

The gift shop and concessions are now open. It will be operating under reduced hours and will be debit/credit sales only. Face masks and social distancing required.
-  Friday - Tuesday
-  10:00 am to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 5:30 pm

The park office lobby area is open for self-service information from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

The following facilities remain closed:
-  Restaurant 
-  Museum 

The campground is closed for the season.

Overnight parking is permitted for people backcountry camping in the surrounding National Forest. Please fill out a parking pass and leave it on the dashboard of your car. Passes are located in the boxes where the overnight parking signs are at the summit, and the restaurant parking lots. There is no charge for this. The US Forest Service is not permitting camping at Commissary Hill at the moment. There is no overnight parking permitted at the park office. 

Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. 

To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:14am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike and Fonta Flora Trails CLOSED Today

The mountain bike trails and Fonta Flora State Trail are CLOSED today, October 27.

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.

Be advised that the directions of Tindo and Wimba trails have changed as of October 2 and are as follows; Tindo Trail is going in a counterclockwise direction, and Wimba Trail is going in a clockwise direction.
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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:28am
Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED.

Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:01pm
Mount Mitchell State Park
Campground CLOSED

The 9 site campground at Mount Mitchell State Park is CLOSED due to a nuisance bear. Anyone with reservations will be refunded in full. If you do not receive your refund in the next 10 day, please call our reservations office at:  877-722-6762. 


Monday, October 26, 2020 - 2:12pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities

The following campgrounds are open: Parkers Creek campground loops 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the group camping area; Poplar Point campground loops C, E and F; New Hope primitive areas A and B and Vista Point group camping area.  Boat ramps inside camping facilities are open for campers only. Camping is restricted and the following rules are enforced: no day visitors permitted; two vehicles per site: all beach areas are closed; gates open at 8 a.m. and lock at 9 p.m.; there will be no 24-hour gate access and gate hours are strictly enforced. Shower houses are available, but comfort stations are closed.

New Hope Overlook boat ramp, New Hope Overlook hiking trail, Vista Point boat ramp, Vista Point hiking trail, and Seaforth boat ramp are open.  Gates open at 8 a.m. and lock at 8 p.m. 

Robeson Creek canoe access and boat ramp are also open.

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The following facilities remain CLOSED during Modified PHASE 3.0:  Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area, Seaforth day-use area, Parkers Creek day-use area, and White Oak. These closures include all hiking trails except for New Hope Overlook and Vista Point. All beach areas, picnic areas, picnic shelters, and boat ramps** at these listed accesses are closed. 
**except for boat ramps at campgrounds, New Hope Overlook, Robeson Creek, Vista Point, and Seaforth.

 Complete re-opening PHASE 3: (tentative re-opening date November 13)
Full reopening of park facilities closed during earlier phases including Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area; Seaforth day-use area; Parkers Creek day-use area and White Oak. All hiking trails, all picnic areas, all picnic shelters, all boat ramps, and all beach areas will be open.

Please note that Poe’s Ridge boat ramp, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Farrington Point boat ramp, managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, are both currently open. Please check with those agencies for the most up-to-date information regarding those facilities.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 1, we are following the new guidelines under phase 3.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 9:21am
Raven Rock State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities

All park facilities are open as of October 26: 

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. Campers must arrive before 6 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.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 2:36pm
Hanging Rock State Park
10/26/2020 Parking Lot Closed - Expect Delays

The Visitor Center parking lot will be closed Monday, 10/26/2020, for placement of a crane involved in the sewer improvement project.  Parking will be available at the lake area, but will be limited.  Please arrive early or risk being turned away if you arrive in the middle of the day on 10/26.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:10am
Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of October 24, 2020

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island has ENDED for the 2020 season.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April, 2021.

Visitor center, trails, restrooms, boat ramp, and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island campsites are open for campers with transportation to Bear Island. The Bear Island bathhouse is open through November 15, 2020 with restroom facilities, potable water, and showers for campers. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island; by canoe, kayak, or private boat. 

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. 

Please see the Hammocks Beach Updates Page or for additional information.

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