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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 2:22pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Water At Campsites

Please be aware that the water at each individual campsite at the Crosswinds Campground will be turned off Monday, November 18, 2019 due to freezing temperatures.  Water is available at the outside spigots at each shower house in all loops.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:10am
Elk Knob State Park

Park road has been cleared, but snow and ice still cover trails.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 8:28am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails CLOSED

Mountain bike trails are CLOSED today, November 13.  If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 11:16am
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock Access Closed Nov 12, 13 and 14

The Chimney Rock Access of Chimney Rock State Park will be closed November 12th, 13th and 14th due to construction work in progress. This is the section with the flag and elevator. All other accesses of Chimney Rock State Park will be open. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-625-1823. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:43am
Lake Norman State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED!

The Itusi Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED due to wet conditions!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:26am
Mount Mitchell State Park
Park Closure

Mount Mitchell State Park is closed due to icy road conditions. The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed form Rt 80 north of the park to Craggy Gardens south of the park. Please check the Blue Ridge Road Closure Map for up to date information.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 4:07pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Winter Weather Warning

Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding areas are expecting freezing rain, snow and single digit temperatures beginning the evening of November 11th and continuing for several days.  Trails and campsites could become extremely dangerous.  Check with park officials for closures and updates before attempting any backcountry access. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:09pm
Mount Mitchell State Park
Winter Hours

Please note Mt. Mitchell State Park is now operating on our Winter Hours Schedule from 7am to 6pm EST. The Museum, Gift Shop, Concession Stand, Restaurant, and Campground are now closed for the season. The Park Office will remain open from 8am-5pm Monday - Friday. 
The only open restrooms are located at the Park Office.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:36am
Pilot Mountain State Park
Weekend Crowds

The park fills early and often during the fall. Weekends are pretty much a traffic jam from 10 am until 5pm.

Once the mountain is full no cars will be allowed in until there is enough parking spaces available to meet the demand.

On a average weekend day in the fall over 2000 cars try to utilize the mountain which has only 150 formal parking spaces. The rest of the park is not that busy! See bottom of page for info.

Roadside parking is prohibited. Drive through traffic is not possible when we are full. We suggest visiting on a weekday.  If you want a uninterrupted scenic drive, visit the nearby blue ridge parkway, a scenic roadway designed for the auto tourist:

HIKERS : Please READ the following. These lots are seldom if ever crowded and do not require driving into the mountain and fighting traffic.  If you are arriving with a large group of friends to hike, avoid the frustration, plan ahead and USE THESE LOTS!:

Pinnacle Hotel Road parking lot     1459 Pinnacle Hotel Rd, Pinnacle, NC   (leads to mountain trail)
Hauser Road parking lot                  607 Hauser Rd Pinnacle, NC (leads to river section trails on north side of river, corridor trail)
Pilot Creek Access                          303 Boyd Nelson Road, Pilot Mountain, NC (pilot creek trail, leads to mountain)
Bean Shoals Access                        200 Yadkin River Park Trail, Pinnacle, NC (Leads to north side of the Yadkin and Canal Wall)
Ivy Bluff Access                              4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC (Leads to the south side of the Yadkin)

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 8:27am
Lake James State Park
Beach and Boat Rentals Closed Oct. 1

The swim beach and concession stand at the Paddy's Creek Access closed for the season on October 1. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available to rent after this date.

The beach will reopen on May 1, 2020, and the concession stand will reopen that month as staff are available.  If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.

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