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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:34pm
William B Umstead State Park
Campground opens for RESERVATIONS ONLY beginning Saturday August 8

The tent campground at William B/ Umstead State Park will be open for RESERVATIONS ONLY beginning on Saturday, August 8.  You MUST make an ONLINE RESERVATION prior to your arrival to be able to camp, there will be no in person registration/payment for campsites. 

Online Reservations for campsites can be made at:  https://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/welcome.do  (a link to the reservation website is also available at www.ncparks.gov).

Telephone reservations can be made by calling toll-free 1-877-7-CAMP-NC (877-722-6762). 

You will not be able to pay for a campsite in person at the park.  Anyone without a paid reservation will not be allowed to stay.

*Please note, the campground bathroom and showers will be closed each day from 9:00am to 1:00pm to allow for proper cleaning procedures of the facility.  Restroom facilities are available at the park visitor center during this time.

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 9:37am
William B Umstead State Park
Important information regarding the current status of facilities. Please read before coming to the park.

* Our visitor center remains closed for now. Please refer to our website first for generic information. For important calls only, please call 919-571-4170 or 919-218-2809.  All camping facilities remain CLOSED. There are no boat rentals.

Important Information Before Visiting:

1.  Bring WATER!  There are no water fountains, and it is VERY HOT, please bring enough water to drink.

2.  Bring a MAP!  You can print maps online before you come to the park or pick one up at our Visitor Center or trail Kiosks.  We have over 30 MILES of trails in the park and many trails are not loop trails so please bring a map and plan your hike.  Pay special attenton to the distance and difficulty rating of the trails you will be on.

3.  Gates lock at 9:00pm.  Please plan your visit so you are able to leave before the gates lock.

Park hours will be 8:00am to 9:00pm on both sides of the park.  *On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Reedy Creek entrance at Harrison Avenue and I-40 will open at 7:00am. The Crabtree entrance at Glenwood Avenue will open at 8:00am seven days a week. Entry before or after operating hours is trespassing.

*IMPORTANT: The park will close when full and no cars will be allowed to enter until more parking becomes available.  As one vehicle leaves the park, the next vehicle in line will be allowed to enter.

4. We are opening trails and restrooms to provide fresh air and exercise during this difficult time. Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park, without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area. This is not the time to “hang out” at the park.

5.  The horse parking area is OPEN. The visitor center is closed so please keep a copy of your horse's Coggins report in your vehicle, horse trailers are not required to stop at the visitor center.

6.  Please bring hand sanitizer and go to the bathroom before coming to the park. Restrooms will be open, but we have limited supplies of toilet paper and soap, so please conserve.

7.  Please follow all current state guidelines on social distancing and gatherings. Visitors should maintain a social distance, including on trails — move aside for people to pass.

8.  Visitors should wear a face covering, like a bandana or a mask, that allows them to breathe easily on the trail without spreading as many germs.

9.  If you are hiking in a group, walk single file when you are passing someone on a trail.

*Special Message:  We are still operating the park on a limited opening capacity to allow people to visit and enjoy the park and the outdoors while also adjusting operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations should still be followed.  Please keep proper social distance, allow room for others to pass, and avoid gathering in groups.

Please also respect park staff who have been given specific operational guidelines for cleaning and social distancing requirements for their safety and to reduce the potential spread of infection.

*Visitor behavior is IMPERATIVE to create conditions that will allow us to keep our parks open. Failure to respect these guidelines could cause parks to be closed and may impact additional park facilities from reopening.*

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 4:46pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
Current status of park facilities

All trails, the boat ramp, most restrooms, family camping, primitive camping, and vacation cabins are OPEN. Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 9:00pm on the day of reservation. Restrooms will be closed periodically so that staff can adhere to new cleaning protocols. Weather-based horse trail closures will continue to be updated on the park's main webpage.

Group camping, the park office, boat rentals, swimming pool, museum, lodge, picnic shelters, snack bars, retail areas, and water fountains remain CLOSED.  There will be no firewood sales, special events, or programs until further notice. The swimming pool will remain closed through the 2020 season.

Park hours are 7:00am to 10:00pm. Day use areas close at 9:00 pm. Parking is limited to available spaces only to keep the park under capacity. There is no overflow parking or parking allowed on road shoulders. When capacity is reached, only those with camping/cabin reservations will be allowed to enter the park.

More information and FAQs at http://www.ncparks.gov/open.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff. It is now a requirement to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing cannot be met in indoor and outdoor spaces. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended through September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:03pm
Dismal Swamp State Park
Current status of park facilities

Trails at Dismal Swamp State Park are open. The NCDOT restroom at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center/NCDOT rest stop is open. All other restrooms are closed. Trails close at 5:30pm and the park closes at 6:00pm. 

The visitor center also remains closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:06pm
Carolina Beach State Park
Current status of park facilities

Trails, restrooms, the boat ramp, all marina facilities, and the picnic area are open. The visitor center remains closed.

Campsites are open for reservation, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed. As previously noted, one loop of the campground is closed for construction, while the other remains open. Please be prepared for construction noises and traffic changes.

Camper cabins are available for reservation from Fridays to Sundays. They are closed during the week for cleaning.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:21pm
South Mountains State Park
Current status of park facilities

The park is open daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm.

Picnic areas are open with tables spread out for social distancing and grills are open.

The family campground, equestrian campground, and backcountry campsites are open. However, group camping is still not allowed. Only six people or less per site.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPSITES. All campers, including backpackers, must make a reservation through the system online or by phone (1-877-722-6762). There are no walk-ins. Campers can make same-day reservations up until 9:00pm on the day of your arrival. You must make a reservation before setting up camp on a campsite. You cannot place your personal belongings on a site to "reserve" the site for you. When you arrive for your reservation, use the free Wi-Fi near the visitor center to self-check-in using the Reserve America Camping App.

Weekend delays: Visitors should expect park entrance delays from 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekends. You may encounter a 30-minute to 1-hour wait time to get into Jacob Fork access. Parking is limited and some spaces are coned off to meet maximum occupancy recommendations. Visitors will be directed to other parking areas once the High Shoals Falls trailhead parking is full. Vehicles will be stopped near the park entrance gate, and traffic into the park will be controlled by park rangers for visitor safety and for emergency access. Plan ahead and limit the number of vehicles you take to the park. Maps are available at the visitor center and trailhead kiosks.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:45pm
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Status – Covid -19 Phase 2

Bullocksville:
Campground, boat ramp and trail are OPEN.
Picnic area, shelters, community building, fishing pier, ball field and playground are CLOSED.

County Line:
Campsites 1-77 and Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp and pier are OPEN.
Group area and playground are CLOSED.

Henderson Point: 
Campground, campground boat ramp, Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp and the fishing pier are OPEN.
Picnic area, shelters, community building, beach area and playground are CLOSED.

Hibernia:
Campground Areas 1 and 2, campground boat ramp, Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp and hiking trail are OPEN.
Campground Area 3, group area, picnic areas, shelters, beach area and playground are CLOSED.

J.C. Cooper Campground:
Campground Areas 1 and 2, campground boat ramp and trail are OPEN.
Area 3 campground, group area and playground are CLOSED.

Kimball Point:
Campground Areas 1 and 2 and boat ramp are OPEN.
Picnic area, picnic shelter and beach CLOSED.

Nutbush: 
Campground areas 1, 3 and 4 and all Nutbush Bridge boat ramps are OPEN.

Satterwhite Point: 
The trail at the Visitor Center and the Satterwhite Point Marina boat ramp are OPEN.
All other facilities are CLOSED.

Other notesShower houses will be available but smaller restrooms may be closed. Cleaning the shower houses will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters.                

During phase two, all the following day-use facilities are CLOSED: picnic areas, shelters, community buildings, and swim beaches, and areas with these facilities are closed to the public. Group camping areas and the park office also remain closed.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:19pm
New River State Park
Current status of park facilities

Hiking trails and river access points are open daily under normal operating hours, from 7:00am to 10:00pm. All other park facilities remains closed.

Campsites are open, with the exception of group sites.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:38pm
Jockeys Ridge State Park
Current status of park facilities

The main park entrance and dune are open from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The Soundside access and swim beach are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please be advised that the parking lot at our Soundside Access fills up very quickly. We recommend arriving as early as possible as the parking lot is the only designated area where you may park to enjoy our Soundside beach area. You may be ticketed or towed if you park along Soundside Road or in any other undesignated area. Please look for alternative access sites such as those located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open, but the visitor center remains closed at this time.

We are offering limited programming, please call the park for more details.

With 24-hour advance notice, we are offering dune rides to visitors with mobility restrictions on a limited basis, please call the park for more details. 

When visiting, please follow the North Carolina State Parks Guidelines listed above. 

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:07pm
Fort Macon State Park
Current status of park facilities

The beach, trails, and restrooms are open. The visitor center, the inside of the fort, exhibit rooms, and concessions remain closed. All programs, including tours, are canceled until further notice.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

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