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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:25pm
Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park Primitive Backpack sites E and F are closed due to past storm damage.  These sites are located on the Widow's Creek Trail.
We appreciate your patience as we try to get this reopened for your enjoyment.

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:01am
New River State Park
Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Poor Drainage Areas
  Watauga County in northwestern North Carolina...
  Ashe County in northwestern North Carolina...

* Until 145 PM EDT Friday

* At 738 AM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
  thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding.
  Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in
  the advisory area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  West Jefferson...

  Beech Mountain...
  and Lansing.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
Chimney Rock State Park
Weed Patch Mountain Trail Information

The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort.  Hiking, mountain biking, and climbing are permitted in this area.  This 20-mile round trip trail is operated in a partnership between Chimney Rock State Park and the Town of Lake Lure.  Parking can be accessed at Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County.  There is no legal parking area near Eagle Rock.  Chimney Rock State Park is currently working on a reserved parking access near Eagle Rock with plans on opening the new parking area in June.  Call the park office at 828-625-1823 for more information.      


Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:55pm
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Swim Lake Times

The Cliffs of the Neuse swim lake will be open Memorial Day Weekend--Saturday, May 26th to Monday, May 28th and the next weekend--Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd.

After June 8th the park's seasonal staff will be out of school and the lake will be open Monday-Sunday until Labor Day Weekend, weather and staff permitting.

There is NO swimming if a lifeguard is not present.

Swimming/Bathhouse for adults (ages 13 and up): $5.00
Swimming/Bathouse for children (ages 4-12): $4.00

Times for the swim lake will be 10AM-6PM.

We will have canoes, kayaks, peddle boats, and paddle boards for rent ($5 for the first hour; $3.00 for every hour thereafter).

All purchases are final.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:16pm
Hanging Rock State Park
Swimming Area Opens May 26

The lakefront swimming area at Hanging Rock State Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 26.  Boat rentals are available at the lake area on weekends only until then.  Please contact the park for more information.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:21pm
William B Umstead State Park
Boat Rentals

Starting on May 15, 2018 visitors can rent boats from the Visitor Center. Boats will not be rented out until May 15, 2018.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 12:05pm
Morrow Mountain State Park
FY 2018 Swimming Pool Season

Summer Swimming Pool 

Pool Hours:  1000-5:30
Open Memorial Weekend 26, 27, &28 May
Closed 29 May – 1 June
Open for Weekend 2,3 June
Closed 4-7 June
Open 8 June for weekday and weekend summer season.

Mid August pool will be open weekends only through Labor Day Weekend.

Thank you!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:47am
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Construction at the Dam

There is still construction going on at the Dam. It is getting closer to the completion of the Walking bridge that goes over the Dam. I know we can not wait to be able to utilize the new bridge. We are in the process of clearing more of the area between the Dam and Campsite 4 on the Lakeshore Trail. So once the Walkway is complete everyone will be able to cross over and have access to the park. Unfortunetly Golf carts will not have access to the bridge, it will be for walking only, even bicycles will need to be walked accross the bridge.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:08am
Eno River State Park
New Emergency Phone Numbers!

Please note that the new emergency standby number for Eno River State Park rangers is 919-616-2959

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:12am
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
New Emergency Phone Numbers!

Please note that the new Emergency Standby number for the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area rangers is 919-616-1832.

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