The beach at Paddy's Creek is open for the season from 10-6 each day. Boats are rented out of the concession stand from 10-4:30. Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals are $7.00 per hour.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
The restaurant hours have been changed to 11 am - 6 pm Mon-Sun until further notification.
Most park facilities closed from the effects of Hurricane Florence will be open and operational beginning Friday, August 30, 2019. Ferry service to Bear Island will leave the mainland every 30 minutes Friday - Monday (Labor Day) from 9:30 to 5:30pm. There will be NO ferry service Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The bathhouse with drinking water, restroom facilities, and showers for our campers will be open. Camping reservations will be available on-line and at the call center for the night of August 30th forward, holiday minimums for the Labor Day weekend apply. Huggins Island will be open for day visits, but Jones Island will remain closed to visitors due to dock damage. The boat ramp will also open August 30, 2019 for use during park hours, boat ramp permits available at the visitor center. Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.
All bridle trails have been deemed unsafe and thus CLOSED until further notice due to severe damage to the trail surface caused from heavy rainfall during Hurricane Florence. These damaged trail sections are currently being redesigned and rerouted to make them safe again for visitors. Professional trail builders are currently working on temporary repairs with plans to get several of the trail sections open before the fall season.
Water level on White Lake, as of August 5, 2019, is presently at 63'7" (above sea level). Operators of larger boats in excess of 20' with fixed shaft propulsuion systems should still excercise caution while operating inside of established no wake poles and buoys. Lake levels have risen in the past two weeks and are expected to continue rising as precipitation continues.
The lake swimming area, boat rentals and refreshment stand will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20-21, and August 27-28, due to staff shortages caused by employees returning to school.
Otherwise, the swimming area will still be open daily until Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), which is the last day of operation for 2019. The diving area may be closed at times in August depending on staff availability. Please contact the park for more information.
The bears at Grandfather Mountain have been ACTIVE- multiple sightings have been reported in and around the state park.
Seeing a bear in its wild, natural environment is a very special experience; and is not an imminent risk – as long as you keep your distance, act responsibly.
Please adhere to the following guidelines to stay safe in Bear Country:
*Make enough noise so that you do not surprise a bear. You can put bells, or other noise maker on your pack to make noise as you hike.
* Keep your dog on a leash.
* If you notice a bear nearby, pack up your food and trash immediately and vacate the area as soon as possible.
* If a bear approaches, move away slowly; do not run.
* If necessary, attempt to scare the animal away with loud shouts, by banging pans together, or throwing rocks and sticks at it.
* Never approach and never feed a bear.
* Do NOT store food in tents.
* Properly store food and scented items like toothpaste by using a bear-proof container/ hang food away from campsite.
* Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills, or other areas of your campsite.
* Do not leave food unattended.
* Never run away from a bear- back away slowly and make lots of noise.
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Construction has begun on the Linwood Access Area and the Lake parking lot expansions.During the construction the gravel lots will be closed. Expect parking delays until construction is completed.
On June 27, Duke Energy will begin repairing the Toxaway River pedestrian bridge located on the Foothills Trail between the Laurel Fork and Cane Brake trail heads. While the upgrades and repairs are underway, the bridge may experience temporary closures during daylight hours. Known full day (approx. 8am – 4pm) bridge closures will be posted below. Additionally, the bridge will be limited to no more than 20 people crossing at one time. The upgrades and repairs to the bridge are scheduled to be complete by the end of September.
Beginning on June 24, the boat rental hours will be from 9:30am to 3:30pm.