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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Friday, February 16, 2018 - 1:32pm
Chimney Rock State Park
Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice

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.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 1:32pm
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock Access Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 11.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 1:31pm
Chimney Rock State Park
NEW DATE: Rumbling Bald Shuttle Bus on February 18

On Sunday, February 18, The Rumble bouldering competition will be held at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area. The entire parking lot has been reserved for the event.

Competitors and visitors will need to park at the Lake Lure Municipal Center (2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746) that day and ride the free shuttle bus to the Rumbling Bald area. The shuttles will run all day from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 9:09am
Hammocks Beach State Park
Huggins Island Paddle Trail Maintenance Until February 23, 2018

The Huggins Island Trail (Yellow Markers) is undergoing maintenance through February 23, 2018.  During this time, markers may be moved or nonexistent along portions of the trail.  Please use caution when accessing this trail.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:01am
Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Trail is CLOSED!

Itusi trail is CLOSED due to wet conditions!

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:59am
Lake Norman State Park
Community Building - Temporary Closure!

The Community Building facilities are temporarily closed due to burst pipes along with a few other issues. Park staff are working diligently to get this area opened back up as soon as possible.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:12am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED today.

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are CLOSED due to wet conditions.  For the most up to date information please call the park office at 828-584-7728.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 1:45pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
March 1- May 24th; Boone Fork Lot Affected

Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance on the Linn Cove Viaduct will affect access to the Boone Fork Parking Lot from March 1st to May 24th, 2018.

A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone.

The Parkway will be closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians within the closed area. The closed area includes the trail areas beneath the viaduct.

The Boone Fork Parking Area will be accessible from the north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but not from the south.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:19pm
Stone Mountain State Park

Currently the following sections are CLOSED due to the tornado damage;
-The trail from the top of Stone Mountain falls to the bottom of Stone Mountain falls.
-Backpack sites E and F are closed.
We appreciate your patience as we try to get these sections reopen for your enjoyment.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:18pm
Gorges State Park

All trail users are urged to use caution on ALL Park Trails.  The winter has been extremely wet with rain totals already over 20" since January 1 !   Trails are extremely wet, soft, and slippery.  Please becareful  , stay on designated marked trails and watch your footing.

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