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Alerts and Closures

 

Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:12pm
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Current status of park facilities

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps are open. The swimming pier and the visitor center remain CLOSED.

Campsites are open. Reservations must be made in advance through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

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 - 1:24pm
Lake Norman State Park
Current status of park facilities

The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are NO boat rentals or concessions.

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and some restroom facilities are open. Bike trails are open, weather permitting. There are no reservations permitted for the community building or picnic shelters. The visitor center remains closed.

Campsites are open for reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed.

With social distancing practices in place, it may be necessary to close the park during the day if overcrowding becomes a problem.

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 - 1:54pm
Hammocks Beach State Park
Current status of park facilities

Trails, mainland restrooms, and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.

The boat ramp for cash payments and annual pass holders is open. Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use. Camping is also open for campers with transportation. NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center 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 - 1:21pm
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 - 1:06pm
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 - 1:03pm
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 - 1:19pm
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.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 1:11pm
Jones Lake State Park
Current status of park facilities

The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are no boat rentals or picnic shelter reservations.

Trails and restrooms are open. The visitor center also remains closed. Park gates close at sunset.

Campsites are open to reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain 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.

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