Half inch of snow on the ground as of 10:15 a.m. It is snowing now and may throughout the day. Foot traction devices are recommended on trails.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
Less than one inch of snow/ice is on all roads, trails and walkways. Four wheel drive and foot traction devices are highly recommended.
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 9 - 11 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.
Construction will begin in December on a new lake trail. The lake area will be closed to all public access during construction. No park visitors will be allowed on the fishing pier or allowed to hike or fish around the lake during this time.
The Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trail is closed due to campground construction. All bike trails will likely be opened sometime in 2020. This area is an unsafe construction area. Entering these trails, service roads or parking lots will be illegal tresspassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The following places allow biking in our area: Carvers Creek State Park, William B. Umstead State Park, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Harris Lake County Park, Uhwarrie National Forest (Badin Lake Recreation Area and Woodrun Trails) and Crabtree County Park.
Monitoring of White Lake's water quality and most recent testing records are now accessible to the public at web address https://whitelakewatch.com. The monitoring of water quality matters on White Lake is a multi-agency effort overseen by the Town of White Lake's Water Quality Committee, NC State Parks, and Bladen County.
We have winterized the washhouses in the family campground to prevent the pipes from freezing. They will reopen around April 1. Until then, we have primitive camping only with a pit toilet and a frost-free water faucet availalbe in the campground lower loop.
The water hydrants are being turned off for the winter at Fews Ford and Cole Mill Accesses.
Fews Ford campers can still get water outside the restroom building, but
Piper Creek campers must bring any needed water with them, as there is none available at that access.
Pettigrew State Park's bath house is closed for the winter. Campers may use restrooms at park office. The bath house will reopen March 2020.
The Company Mill trail bridge is now OPEN to the public for use. All repairs have been completed.