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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:41pm
Hammocks Beach State Park
No Ferry Service Bathhouse Closed and Winterized

There is no ferry service January – March 2020.  Ferry service for the 2020 season is scheduled to begin Friday, April 3, 2020.  Currently, access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or private water taxi.  The bathhouse on Bear Island, with rest room facilities and potable water, is closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Campsites 3, 9 , & 10 are currently closed through 3/15/2020 due to beach erosion.  Open fires are not permitted at any time.  Barring freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on March 16, 2020. All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp. 

Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 2:46pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Hway 50 Courtesy Dock Closed

Due to high water level the courtesy dock will be closed temporarily.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 11:11am
Elk Knob State Park
Park is Open! Four Wheel Drive and Foot Traction Devices are Highly Recommended!

Less than one inch of snow/ice is on all roads, trails and walkways.  Four wheel drive and foot traction devices are highly recommended.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 8:09am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails Open

Mountain bike trails, including the Linville River Fonta Flora access, are open today, January 27. Please note that the directions have changed. The Wimba Trail is now counterclockwise, and the Tindo Trail is now clockwise.

If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 8:02am
Mount Mitchell State Park
Park Closed

Mount Mitchell State Park is closed due to hazardous road conditions. The Blue Ridge Parkway North and South bound are also closed. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8:28am
Goose Creek State Park
Some Trails Remain Closed

Flatty Creek Trail remains closed indefinitely due to damages to the boardwalk from Hurricane Florence. Ivy Gut Trail has some boardwalk damage. Although Palmetto Boardwalk Trail has damage at one end, it is partially open from the visitor center. All other trails are open.

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:30pm
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Campground hosts needed

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is looking for campground hosts for 2020. Learn more and apply here »

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:59am
Pilot Mountain State Park
Bridle trails/Corridor lots closed 

Due to wet conditions Bridle trails and Corridor parking lots are closed. Corridor trail remains open to hiking. Vehicles blocking gates or obstructing traffic are subject to being towed.

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:25am
Lake Norman State Park
The Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED!

The Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED due to wet conditions.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:52pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Area Closures and Maintenance of Water Systems

Falls Lake will be maintaining its potable water systems this winter.  This will affect multiple areas, with some having different operating seasons from normal and some still open but using portable toilets with no potable water available in the park.  Please keep in mind that the following dates are subject to change as weather and other factors could affect when the work is started or completed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Beaverdam Recreation Area: January 21 through February 28 – OPEN, no potable water, portable toilets available
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Family Camping: February 17 through April 1 – CLOSED, family camping available at Holly Point
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Group Camping: February 17 through April 1 – CLOSED, group camping available at Shinleaf
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Day-Use: February 17 through April 1 – OPEN, no potable water, portable toilets available
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