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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 5:06pm
Pettigrew State Park
Lake Level

The current lake level is 10.85' MSL. Most boats should have little problem launching. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:24am
William B Umstead State Park
Park Entrance Addresses

Crabtree Entrance: 8801 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27617
 

Reedy Creek Entrance: 1800 N. Harrison Ave. Cary, NC 27513

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 3:17pm
Crowders Mountain State Park
Canoe rentals suspended until further notice.

Canoe rentals have been suspended until further notice.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:00pm
Singletary Lake State Park
Public access is restricted when group camps are reserved.

Visitors and Campers MUST contact park office to arrange a visit.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 7:09am
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Update: New Profile Parking Area Open

The New Profile Trailhead is Open. It is .3 mile south of the old trailhead on highway 105. The address is 4198 Highway 105, Banner Elk 28646.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1:03pm
Lake Norman State Park
General Utility Worker Positions

We are currently accepting applications for Seasonal General Utility Worker Positions.

GUW's are responsible for the maintenance and operation of a state park including janitorial work and groundskeeping.  Duties include driving state-owned vehicle, cleaning public restrooms, picking up litter, using commercial lawn mowers, using weed trimmers, use of hand tools, and other power equipment.  Frequent contact with the public to answer questions or assist visitors.  All positions include weekend and holiday work. Minimum age of 18 and a valid driver’s license is required.  Work requires being outdoors which includes exposure to all associated weather and environmental conditions i.e. heat rain, insects, and poison ivy.

Please complete a PD-107 (State Application) and drop off at the Park Office/Visitor's Center, or you may mail your completed application to: Lake Norman State Park 759 State Park Rd. Troutman, NC 28166.

For more information you may also call the park office 704-528-6350.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:17pm
Pilot Mountain State Park
Creek crossing closure...

The creek crossing on the bridle trail near Stony Ridge Road is closed due to the trail being washed out. Parking and riding the trail is possible at either end of the trail and the trail is opened for riding approximately 3 miles in either direction.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:42am
Crowders Mountain State Park
PARK ACCESS AREAS TO CLOSE ONCE PARKING IS FULL

For visitor and staff safety and to prevent traffic congestion once any parking access completely fills, the access area will be closed for up to 90 minutes. Only park vehicles and emergency/law enforcement vehicles will be allowed to enter the access if it is closed.
 
Visitors planning to arrive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. are advised to consider making alternative plans in case they arrive at a closed access area. Please refer to the North Carolina State Parks web site or alternative information sites for available options. 
 
Staff addressing multiple responsibilities, including parking management and visitor safety, may not be able to immediately respond to inquiries. 
 
Parking anywhere outside the gates is not permitted. Vehicles that do so will be towed and the owner cited.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:02pm
Gorges State Park
** GPS USERS - PLEASE READ **

GPS DIRECTIONS - Are not reliable in this area.  Use CAUTION. 
Park staff recommend using the following directions. 

Gorges State Park is located in Sapphire, NC in Transylvania County. The park is approximately 45 miles southwest of Asheville. Follow Hwy 64west out of Brevard until you reach Sapphire, turn left on Hwy 281south, the park entrance is .7 miles on your left. The Visitor Center is located .5 miles inside the park on Grassy Ridge Road.

From Asheville, reach the park from I-26, taking exit 40 onto NC 280 and traveling west toward Brevard. Turn west on US 64 and travel toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA, reach the park from I-85, taking South Carolina exit 1 onto SC 11 and traveling north toward Walhalla, SC. Turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

From Charlotte, reach the park by traveling west on NC 74 to I-26. Turn west on I-26, traveling toward Hendersonville. Take exit 49B to NC 64 and travel west through Brevard toward Sapphire. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn left onto Frozen Creek Road, which is approximately two miles past NC 178. The east entrance is three miles on the right. To reach the Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park), turn south on NC 281 in Sapphire; the western park entrance is .7 miles on the left.

From Greenville, SC, reach the park by traveling on US 276 north to SC 11. Take SC 11 south toward Walhalla, SC, and turn north on SC 130, which becomes NC 281 at the North Carolina state line. Continue north on NC 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately seven miles north of the state line on the right. To reach the Frozen Creek Access (east side of the park), turn east on NC 64 in Sapphire. Travel toward Brevard approximately eight miles and turn right on Frozen Creek Road. The east entrance is three miles on the right.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:53pm
New River State Park
Firewood Alert

Please don’t bring firewood with you to the park.  If you find or buy wood from the park, please don’t take any back home with you. Burn it all or leave it for other campers. Foreign pests can travel with wood, and carrying firewood from one area to another can be detrimental to the local forest. We have firewood to purchase, or you can collect wood/ kindling from dead and down trees.

Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into New River State Park.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive invasive exotic beetle that feeds on ash trees. Park campgrounds and picnic areas are the most likely areas for EAB introduction into the park. We appreciate your help in protecting the natural resources of New River State Park and our State Park System.

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