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Alerts and Closures

 

Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

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 30, 2019 - 12:32pm
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Family Campground Closed

The family campground is closed for reservations and walk-ins due to construction. The bath house is being renovated this year; after completion the bath house will be ADA compliant and feature separate family, men's and women's facilities. Staff will update this alert once the family campground reopens. 

Group camping will remain available through the year, but campers will not have access to showers.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:41am
Raven Rock State Park
**Bridle Trails Website Information Update!

Bridle trail users can now find trail open & closure information on the right hand side of the webpage. --->
If using a mobile device, please scroll down to find the trail open & closure information.
Bridle trail open & closure information will be updated as quickly as park staff are able to assess trail conditions following weather events. Bridle trail riders can always call the Visitor Center [(910) 893-4888 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm] to ask staff about their current conditions. 

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.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 5:25pm
Raven Rock State Park
Closure of Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trails

The Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trail is closed due to campground construction.  All bike trails will likely be opened towards the end of the year. This area is an unsafe construction area. Entering these trails, service roads or parking lots will be illegal tresspassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The following places allow biking in our area: Carvers Creek State Park, William B. Umstead State Park and Falls Lake Recreation Area, Harris Lake County Park, Uhwarrie National Forest (Badin Lake Recreation Area and Woodrun Trails) and Crabtree County Park.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:43pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Changes to Camping Fees and Reservations

Grandfather Mountain State Park is initiating campsite fees and campsite reservation requirements for all our campsites beginning June 1, 2019.  All campers will be required to reserve their campsite in advance by calling 1.877.722.6762 or going to the Reserve America Reservation System at www.reserveamerica.com.  Park staff strongly recommends making reservations in advance, as cell service at the trailheads is not reliable and visitors may not be able to connect with Reserve America at the trailheads.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:20am
Gorges State Park
Partial Trail Closure - Auger Hole Trail

A section of the Auger Hole trail is closed to all traffic until further notice due to a massive landslide that has taken out all access not only to the public but to park staff.
The Auger Hole is open from the parking lot at Frozen Creek Entrance to where the Wintergreen trail breaks off Auger Hole Trail to the right.  From that point on to Turkeypen Gap, the trail is closed and will remain closed until the trail is fixed.
The trail closure will be lengthy as park staff are evaluating and developing options to resolve the closure. For more information or updates call the park office at (828) 966-9099.

 

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