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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:32pm
Lake Norman State Park
The Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED.

The Itusi Bike Trails are currently CLOSED due to wet conditions. 

Note: Trail direction changes January 1st to counter clockwise. 

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:34pm
Lumber River State Park
Closures Due to Flooding (1/15/21)

Due to flooding the following are closed until further notice.  Parks staff will reopen the following once water levels have dropped and it is safe to reopen.

Naked Landing Trail
Mill Hole Trail
Campsites PA 7 and PA 8

Please contact park office with any questions or concerns.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:24pm
Raven Rock State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities As of Friday, January 15th, 2021

Moccasin Branch Campground - Closed due to a water main break. Campers who had reservations will be notified by Aspira regarding refunds.

**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. 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.

Fish Traps Trail - The end of the trail is closed to all users due to storm damage and unsafe conditions.  DO NOT cross barricades or enter closed areas.

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, January 15, 2021 - 7:16am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike and Fonta Flora Trails OPEN Today

 The mountain bike trails and Fonta Flora State Trail are OPEN today, January 15.

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 will be changing on January 11. Tindo Trail will be going in a clockwise direction, and Wimba Trails will be going counterclockwise 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.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 5:20pm
Elk Knob State Park
Park Is Open! Four Wheel Drive and Foot Traction Devices HIGHLY Recommended!

Caution. Snow and ice on all roads, parking areas, walkways and trails. Foot traction devices are recommended.  Park roads are slick due to partial thawing and compaction.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 2:39pm
William B Umstead State Park
Group Camp Road Closed

Due to rain delays Group Camp Road is still under repair and will remain closed. Access has been blocked off for all traffic including bicycles and pedestrians beginning at Maintenance Road.

Please use the Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary) to access the Multi-use trail for hiking and biking until the repair is complete.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 10:08am
Gorges State Park
Current status of park facilities

Hiking trails are open, please exercise caution on park roads and trails with the changing winter weather conditions. 

The picnic shelters are not currently available for reservations.

The visitor center and restrooms are open, but the exhibit area, classroom, and auditorium remain closed. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Chestnut Mountain Road will be Closed from January 16th - March 9th 2021 for Road Repairs. 

Due to construction from the developed campground project, the one-way section of the park road is temporarily closed.  This includes the roadside overlook.  

All campsites are open. Raymond Fisher primitive tent campsites can be reserved online or campers can bring exact change ($15 per night per site) and register in-person at the trailhead. Other backcountry campsites are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

If you have any questions, contact the park office at (828) 966-9099.

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 8:08am
Lake James State Park
Canal Bridge Boat Ramp and Footbridge Closures

The Canal Bridge Access Area and boat ramps will be closed starting January 4, 2021 to install a new structure. The Hidden Cove Access Area and boat ramps will be open to the public 24 hours per day during this weeks-long project.

Also, a footbridge is closed for repairs on the southern leg of the Overmountain Victory Trail. This section leads from Paddy's Creek to Canal Bridge.

Please contact the park office at 828-584-7728 or with any questions.

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 7:35am
Raven Rock State Park

All backpack campers must arrive at park no later than 6:00 pm for day of reservation.
Reservations must be made before arriving to the Park.  Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.

The Canoe Campsites and Family Wilderness Campsites are primitive backpack sites only (2 miles or 2.5 miles from parking areas) with no water or electric.  

Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 4:19pm
South Mountains State Park
January 2021 race events and parking

Organized foot races hosted by the park (organized and managed by a special event permit holder) will be held Sunday, Jan 10th and Saturday Jan 30th. Expect busier than usual parking areas and trails on these dates. Runners will be encountered on most trails those days. Rangers may control parking during peak visitation times. Carpool if possible, and expect busy trails and delayed entry to the Jacob Fork parking area between 9am-3pm.

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