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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Friday, July 1, 2022 - 10:32am
Dismal Swamp State Park
Portion of Supplejack Trail CLOSED until further notice

The middle section of the Supplejack Trail (from the second entrance near the liquor still to the third entrance near 0.5 mi marker on Canal Road) is currently closed due to a very large tree blocking the trail completely. Once staff have removed it, the trail will reopen.

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 8:26am
South Mountains State Park
Now Hiring - Seasonal General Utility Worker - multiple positions

South Mountains State Park is hiring NOW!
Position: General Utility Worker.

Work includes facility and grounds management, including but not limited to, cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance, visitor assistance and assisting park staff in other necessary park operations. No experience necessary.

There are multiple positions. All are 40 hours a week, either 6 months or 11 months. Weekend and holiday work is required. Some evening shifts are required. Pay is $12/hour.
Must be 18+ and have a valid driver's license.

If interested, complete the NC PD-107 Paper Application for Employment and email to or mail to the park at 3001 South Mountains State Park Ave, Connelly Springs, NC 28612. Applications may also be picked up at the park visitor center from 8am-5pm, 7 days a week.

Please call the park office at 828-433-4772 with any further questions.

Sunday, June 19, 2022 - 8:24am
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. 

After 27 years, our Visitors’ Center is being renovated! Please excuse our appearance while we are remodeling. Unfortunately, the Visitors’ Center will be closed to the public during this time. However, the Park, the public restroom building located near the Visitors’ Center, and the Soundside Access will be open during normal operating hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open. Please follow the 3-Ws and any posted guidelines. 

With 24-hour advance notice, and dependent upon weather and ranger availability, 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 monitor this page for additional information.

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 1:46pm
Lake James State Park
Paddy’s Creek Swim Area Is Open Daily 10am - 6pm

The Paddy’s Creek Swim Area is open for the season from 10 am - 6pm daily.  Concession stand operation and boat rentals have resumed for the season-- please contact the park office at 828-584-7728 or with questions on hours and fees.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 2:48pm
Stone Mountain State Park
Weekend delays

Stone Mountain State Park now routinely reaches capacity by 10 a.m. on weekends. Once parking areas are full, the park will be closed to all incoming traffic. Weekdays are the best time to visit. If you must visit on a weekend, plan to arrive early in the morning, and be prepared with a backup plan if the park is full when you arrive. Keep in mind gate hours, which are posted at entrances. Currently, the park is open from 7 am to 9 pm daily. The only exception is Christmas Day, when all park facilities are closed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 11:24am
Pettigrew State Park
Dugout canoe not on display

The canoe from the lake is undergoing conservation and is not on display at this time. We look forward to getting it back on display as soon as possible.

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 10:44am
William B Umstead State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Park maps are available outside, in a box to the right of the front doors.

You can make reservations for any of our facilities online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

  • All of our picnic shelters are open and can be reserved for the day.
  • Family Campground is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • Youth Tent Camp is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • Maple Hill Lodge can only be reserved with a two-night stay on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • We are accepting reservations from non-profit organizations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please contact the park office for more information. 
  • Sycamore Cabins are closed. We do not offer any vacation cabin rentals. 

Most water fountains and spigots are operational; however, visitors should still bring their own water and stay hydrated in the heat.

Weekend Delays: The park can reach full parking capacity on weekends, and visitors must wait for one vehicle to leave before the next vehicle may enter. Please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon, and have a backup plan if the park is full when you arrive. Weekdays are the best time to visit to avoid parking closures and crowds.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Last update: 4/17/22. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 3:57pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Sandling Beach Shelter 1-3 Closures

Sandling Beach shelters 1, 2, and 3 will be closed starting Tuesday, May 31 until further notice due to facility and staffing issues.  Existing shelter reservations will be given a full refund or allowed to transfer to another shelter if available.  Closed areas are not open to public use.  All other shelters in Sandling Beach, Beaverdam, and Rolling View are open and available for use.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 7:04pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Falls Lake Campground Closures

Falls Lake SRA has begun the construction phase of our CONNECT NC Bond Project to upgrade our RV electrical campsites to 50-amp service.  During construction family campsites will be closed, first at Rolling View and later at Holly Point campgrounds.  Due to significant delays from global material shortages, the Rolling View family campsites will be closed through December 31, 2022.
The following campsites are affected:
ROLLING VIEW: All family campsites will stay closed through December 31, 2022.
HOLLY POINT: All family campsites currently not accepting reservations from January 1, 2023 through June 1, 2023.

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.
We apologize for the inconvenience and understand that this greatly affects many camping reservations, but the global material shortages have had an unprecedented effect on this project.  Please contact the Falls Lake park office if you have any questions.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 4:24pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Shinleaf Campground Hike-In Toilet Closure

The toilet facilities next to hike-in campsite 41 are damaged and closed until further notice.

The main wash house and the toilet facilities next to hike-in campsite 10 are open.

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