Due to trail construction, the trail to High Shoals Falls will be closed from Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18. Trail will be open again Saturday, June 19. High Shoals Falls will remain accessible from the backside daily. Trail crews and equipment will be present on the trail, which will make the trail unsafe for the general public. Contact park office with questions.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
Be alert to ongoing trail maintenance on North Turkey Creek Multi-Use Trail (MUT), from Graylyn MUT down to the Ebenezer Church Road Gate. Park maintenance staff will be using heavy equipment on the trail. All hikers and riders should proceed slowly and with extreme caution. Pay attention to work signage and follow all instructions. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep the trails in good condition.
All campgrounds at Merchants Millpond have reopened. You can reserve a campsite online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. Expect longer than normal wait times for phone calls.
Hourly canoe rentals remain CLOSED. Canoe rentals are available for canoe-in campers only for 24-hour rentals.
The Classroom and Outdoor Classroom are not available for rentals at this time due to other operational needs for those facilities.
Lassiter Trail has been rerouted. The trail begins at the Visitor Center and is a distance of 7 miles. The current maps are not an accurate representation of the trail. Please follow the White circle blazes posted along the trail. There are times that the bicycle trail and Lassiter trail run together. The bicycle trail is blazed with Red Triangles. Bikes are only allowed on sections of trail that are blazed with Red Triangles. Bikers must announce their presence, make sure the hikers see them, and slow down while passing hikers.
Please continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines throughout the park. Masks are strongly encouraged for visitors that are not vaccinated. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
Dismal Swamp State Park will CLOSE on June 14 for extensive repairs to the bridge that allows entrance to the park. Repairs are expected to take six months. The park will remain CLOSED for the duration of the construction project. Visitors may still access the main canal, a Federal waterway, via the boat launch at the end of Ballahack Road or at Swayers Creek in Camden.
The canoe and kayak launch will also be repaired during the project. It will not be safe for visitors to access the launch site as it is too close to the heavy equipment that will be in place for bridge repairs. A 90-ton crane and several tractor-trailers will be used during construction.
Updates will be posted here as work progresses.
All Kerr Lake State Recreation Area facilities are open.
We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing guidelines while visiting. In addition, we strongly encourage both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to wear a face covering in areas with large volume of children or while taking part in child-focused activities.
The visitor center is open daily, but hours vary depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours.
Day-use entrance fees are charged 7-days-a-week through Labor Day and then on weekends through the end of September. This includes customers who are visiting registered campers and customers who are going to a rented community building or shelter. The entrance fees are:
- Motor vehicles: $7 per day
- Senior Citizen (62 or older)/Military: $5 per day
- Bus: $20 per day
Open areas will close if capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans are not available at family campsites to reduce exposure, so campers will take their own trash to the dumpsters.
Reservations for available campsites may be on the day of arrival up to 9 p.m. Campers may make reservations by calling toll-free 1-877-722-6762 or through the reservations website https://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/kerr-lake-state-recreation-area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NC&parkId=552904
Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Kerr Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes-and-Dams/John-H-Kerr/
NC Wildlife Resources Commission https://www.ncwildlife.org/
Virginia State Parks https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/
The Boathouse operating hours are 7 days per week from 10a.m. - 5:30p.m. Boat rentals END at 5p.m. Boat rentals are at $10 per hour, $25 for half-day, or $45 for full-day. It is encouraged to bring your own life-jackets as long as they are US Coast Guard approved, in good condition, properly fitting and worn at all times while on the rental boats. The risk of contracting COVID from exposed surfaces is greatly reduced after 72 hours. When renting life jackets, boats, and paddles within 72 hours of previous use, you are at a greater risk of contracting COVID.
Swimming Pool is closed for the season due to major infrastructure issues affecting the safety of visitors. Renovations are being scheduled to make necessary repairs.
If you arrive and a parking lot is full, that area is closed to further traffic. Waiting in line is not permitted. Parking on road shoulders is prohibited. To avoid crowds, please plan your visit on a weekday.
If the road to the summit is closed to uphill traffic, you may park at the new visitor center or visit another park access area. Learn more information about parking areas and alternate locations nearby that you can visit when the park is full »
March-November on weekends and holidays you may only drive the road to the summit until the upper lot is full. Once the lot has filled the road is closed to uphill visitor traffic. A shuttle service will be on-site to transport visitors to the summit lot and back. Shuttle tickets are sold in front of the visitor center at the shuttle stop. Limited tickets are available. Masks are required to ride the shuttle. https://ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home#notices
The visitor center gift shop and exhibit hall are open. Restrooms are open at the new visitor center in the breezeway and at the summit parking lot.
Family Campground season is March 15th-November 30th. Reservations may be made by calling Reserve America at 1-877-722-6762 during call center hours or online through Reserve America until 9 pm on the day of arrival. There are no walk-up sales. Please visit the Camping page to learn about the check-in procedures »
The swimming pier at Lake Waccamaw State Park, located near the camping and picnic area, is closed until further notice for repairs. Day-use access to swimming is not available. Campers will continue to have access to swimming.
This fall, Falls Lake SRA will begin the construction phase of our CONNECT NC Bond Project, to upgrade our RV electrical campsites to 50-amp service. During construction, scheduled to begin in September 2021, all Rolling View family campsites will be closed. The Holly Point campground will be closed later in the project.
The following campsites are affected:
ROLLING VIEW: All family campsites currently not accepting reservations from September 7, 2021 through February 28, 2022
HOLLY POINT: Expected campground closure February/March 2022
Persons with affected reservations will be contacted and allowed to transfer to a different campsite or will receive a full refund. Changes to the existing closures or additional closures are expected as the project progresses. We will update this alert throughout the project as dates will change as the project moves forward.
Please contact the Falls Lake park office if you have any questions.