Road to the Kron House is closed due to dangerous road conditions and repairs. It is currently unknown when repairs will be completed and road reopened.
Alerts and Closures
Alerts and Closures
Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:
Unless otherwise indicated, all campgrounds, trails, picnic areas, boat ramps, fishing piers, and restrooms are open. Please maintain a social distance of six feet, regardless of the behavior of others.
The Paddy’s Creek Swim Area reopened to visitors on May 1. The bathrooms and locker rooms reopened as well, but the indoor and outdoor showers will remain closed pending a septic system repair. The concession stand has reopened on weekends and some weekdays; the hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Lifeguards are not yet on duty. Once they are, the fee to swim will be $6.00 for adults (age 13 and up) and $4.00 for children.
Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are available to rent on weekends. Boats are first-come, first-serve with a two-hour minimum at $10.00 per hour.
Picnic shelters are available for reservations or casual use on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the park office for information on how to make reservations.
The Catawba River park office and gift shop is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Paddy's Creek park office and gift shop is open Thursday to Monday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Groups larger than 200 people are not permitted. When park rangers feel that the park has reached a safe capacity, the entrance gates may be closed. Entry and/or re-entry to the park is not guaranteed, except for campground reservation holders.
**The information on this alert is the current status of the park. This alert is updated only when the status changes.**
Weekend delays: Due to increased visitation, several parks are reaching parking space capacity and are having to close temporarily on weekends to incoming traffic. Please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon on weekends and having a backup plan in case the parking areas are full when you arrive. Weekdays are the best time to visit our parks if you want to avoid parking closures and crowds.
There are no bike or boat rentals available at the park at this time.
The swim lake is closed due to a shortage of lifeguard staff. Swimming, wading, and boating will not be allowed in the swim lake in any capacity for visitor safety concerns. The beach area is open for recreation, however, no pets are allowed on the beach.
Canoe and Paddle Boat rentals will be available on Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Weekend Delays: The park has been routinely reaching 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.
BRING WATER! There are no water fountains available.
NO BOAT RENTALS will be offered in 2021.
The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask indoors. Park maps are available outside 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.
- 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.
- Sycamore Cabins remain closed.
- We are accepting reservations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please call the park office for more information.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. North Carolina Executive Order 215 is in effect as of May 14, 2021.
The following facilities are CLOSED for the year:
Restrooms at the Summit (Portalets only)
Overnight parking is permitted for people backcountry camping in the surrounding National Forest. Please fill out a parking pass and leave it on the dashboard of your car. Passes are located in the boxes where the overnight parking signs are at the summit parking lot. There is no overnight parking permitted at the park office.
Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.
To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes.
Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 9:00 p.m. on the day of reservation.
Be aware that black bears have been active in the area within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Please use extra caution while hiking and camping.