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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 10:42am
Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 10:52am
Jones Lake State Park
Camper Information

If you have a camping reservation and will be arriving after park hours please call the park, during park office hours, to obtain information on how to access the campground after park hours.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 9:17am
Pilot Mountain State Park
Bridle Trails Closed

Due to wet conditions, the bridle trails will be closed Sunday, 4/11.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 5:17pm
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike and State Park Section of Fonta Flora Trails CLOSED Today

The mountain bike trails and the State Park sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail are CLOSED today, April 11.

Be advised that the directions of Tindo and Wimba trails have changed as of April 7 and are as follows; Tindo Trail is going in a counterclockwise direction, and Wimba Trail is going in a clockwise direction.

This opening does NOT cover sections of the Fonta Flora State Trail located off State Park Property. For Burke County Fonta Flora State Trail status please visit:
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.

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, April 8, 2021 - 7:58am
Lake James State Park
Footbridge Closure on Overmountain Victory Trail

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.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 10:52am
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Entrance Fees

The entrance fees per-car will be charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends and holidays in April, May, and September. 

  • Motor Vehicles: $7 per day.
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older): $5 per day.
  • Bus or van: $20 per day.

All beaches are open at Jordan Lake 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 6:34pm
New River State Park
Elk Shoals Likely to Close Temporarily in May/June - Riverbank Restoration Project Planned

A riverbank restoration project is planned to begin early summer, likely during the month of May or June at Elk Shoals. During the construction phase of this project, this area will be closed. No vehicle or foot traffic will be allowed due to safety regulations and concerns. This project is a partnership between New River Conservancy, NC State Parks, and other partners to restore and protect the riverbank at Elk Shoals.

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 5:00pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
Controlled Burn Tuesday, April 6th

In partnership with the NC Forest Service, the park is planning a controlled burn on Tuesday, April 6th.  Expect temporary delays and road closures while firefighters work the roadsides and when smoke becomes too thick over the roads.  The primitive campground, all bridle trails and Sugarloaf Mountain Trail will be closed.  The road to the summit of Morrow Mountain will be closed temporarily until adjacent firelines are cleared by trained firefighters.  Please contact the park office during business hours (8am-4:30pm) if you have any questions.

Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 6:13pm
Raven Rock State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities As of Monday, April 5, 2021

**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. Primitive backback campers must arrive before 7 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.

Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 12:16pm
Mount Mitchell State Park
Current status of park facilities

The summit observation tower is now open every day. 

Picnic Shelters are available on a first come first serve basis, and are not reservable this time of year. 

The following facilities are closed for the season:    
- Restrooms at the Summit                                
- Campground                                                          
- Restaurant                                                            
- Gift shop and Snack Bar                                        
- Museum

The park office lobby area is open for self-service information from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

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 parking lot. 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. 

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