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Alerts and Closures

 

Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:37am
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Summit Restrooms Closed For Winter

The summit restrooms are closed for winter. There are restrooms available at the park office that is just inside the park office.
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 9:01am
Lake James State Park
New Gate Hours 7 am - 7 pm

New gate hours are now in effect for December 1 through February 29. The park opens at 7 am, and gates close at 7 pm. The park will be closed on Christmas Day.

Please contact the park office at 828-584-7728 or lake.james@ncparks.gov with any questions.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 3:42pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Winter Weather Warning

Winter weather is here!

During the colder months be especially mindful that it gets dark early, and temperatures drop quckly at dusk.

Don't brave ridgeline trails unless you are experienced in winter alpine conditions and fully prepared for the weather with all necessary gear.

 

Minimum Gear Necessary for Winter Weather Hiking:

1. Ice Traction- Microspikes

2. Extra Water

3. Extra Food

4. Extra Clothing Layers (synthetic fabrics, wool, or silk- no

cotton)

5. Headlamp

 

Please make sure to check the local weather conditions before your hike. Since we don't have our own weather station, we check raysweather.com, and look at a nearby spot with comparable elevation, such as Sugar Mountain Top or Seven Devils. http://averyweather.com/Forecast/Sugar+Mountain+Top
 

UPPER ELEVATIONS:

Ice and snow persist at higher elevations throughout winter. Snow and ice on ridgeline.

LOWER ELEVATIONS:

Temperature fluctuations at lower elevations can make trails both icy and muddy. If hiking the lower Profile Trail, remember: GET MUDDY! Stay on the trail and do not walk around wet spots, as this creates more damage to the natural resources. There is a boot scraper and boot brush for you just as you get off the Profile Trail.

STREAM CROSSING:

Both rain and melting snow can make the Profile Trail stream crossing at mile 1.5 hazardous due to high water. Rangers recommend turning around if the water line is above boulders in crossing.

Hiking above Profile View on the Profile Trail and Flat Rock View on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is not recommended for inexperienced or unequipped hikers. High winds, cold temperatures and unseen ice are all trail hazards that should be taken seriously.

 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS. This includes current physical ability, level of experience in winter alpine conditions, what kind of gear you have, and overall preparedness. Weather and temperatures can change dramatically and rapidly and you do not want to get caught unprepared. Do not hike beyond your experience.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 8:45am
Pilot Mountain State Park
***PHOTOGRAPHERS - AREA CLOSED*** Read Below

Due to disturbance caused by foot traffic from photography, photo shoots, and their clients; the grassy fields at the Summit Parking Area and around the Summit Area will be CLOSED to allow the area to regrow to prevent future erosion and protect rare, uncommon plant species. Please stay on marked paths and trails at the summit.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 12:44pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Seasonal Recreation Area Closures

Sandling Beach day-use area closes for the winter season on October 1, 2019.  Holly Point campground closes for the winter season on November 1, 2019.  BW Wells Group Campground closes for the winter season on December 1, 2019.  

Other Falls Lake camping and day-use areas are open all winter long.  For a full list, see the Falls Lake Operating Season Schedule:
https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/falls-lake-state-recreation-area-2019-operating-season-schedule.pdf

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 2:58pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Profile Trail Renovations

Major trail renovations are being done on the Profile Trail and will last through 2020. 

The trail WILL remain open during this time unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of contractors and other hikers, please be aware and follow trail workers’ guidance for safe passage. Your cooperation ensures the trail will remain open during this time.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 2:22pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Water At Campsites

Please be aware that the water at each individual campsite at the Crosswinds Campground will be turned off Monday, November 18, 2019 due to freezing temperatures.  Water is available at the outside spigots at each shower house in all loops.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:09pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
BEAR SAFETY GUIDELINES

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.

Campers-
* 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.

For more tips, visit:
http://go.usa.gov/czWbW 
https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:44pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Profile Trail Renovations

Major trail renovations are being done on the Profile Trail and will last through 2020. 

The trail WILL remain open during this time unless otherwise stated. To ensure the safety of contractors and other hikers, please be aware and follow trail workers’ guidance for safe passage. Your cooperation ensures the trail will remain open during this time.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 9:38am
Goose Creek State Park
Some Trails Remain Closed

Flatty Creek Trail remains closed indefinitely due to damages to the boardwalk from Hurricane Florence. Ivy Gut Trail has some boardwalk damage. Although Palmetto Boardwalk Trail has damage at one end, it is partially open from the visitor center. All other trails are open.

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