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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 3:05pm
Jones Lake State Park
Fishing Pier Closed

The fishing pier at Jones Lake State Park is currently closed to the public due to damaged caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 7:24am
Pilot Mountain State Park
Expect Delays for parking at the Mountain on weekends

The park will be over capacity every weekend it is not rainy or cold. We have a limited amount of parking and once it fills, cars will only be let in as space allows. Once inside the park you can expect a wait for a parking space. Hikers can easily avoid this by visiting our yadkin river section or corridor trail parking. Visitors whose goal is a scenic drive only will be better served to visit the blue ridge parkway, as there is no through traffic possible when we fill up.

We encourage visitors that can visit during the week to do so, or arrive early.

You can check the parks traffic status by using the app "Waze". We also post warning signage near the park entrance.

No drones, UAV's, flying machines, or RC aircraft are allowed at Pilot Mountain State Park. Drones also cannot be launched from the state road or US highway outside the front gate.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 9:59am
Drones/UAV's are not allowed at Pilot Mountain State Park

We are having increasing issues with visitors launching drones. Drones disturb wildlife, other visitors, and can be a hazard to low flying aircraft.
Drones are regulated as RC flying machines in a state park and are not legal to be launched from state park property, or from the adjacent state road and highway outside the gate.
Launching a drone without a special activity permit is a Class 3 misdemeanor.  Permits are only granted to cooperating agencies for the purposes of search and rescue or scientific research.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 1:15pm
Lake Waccamaw State Park
GPS sending you through the Green Swamp.

It seems that some GPS systems do not give actuate directions to our park. If the directions that the GPS give you advise you to drive though the Green Swamp then there is a possiblity that you will get stuck in the mud. If you are following the GPS directions and it has you turn off on to a dirt road. Stop! Do Not continue. The best directions will keep you on paved roads.

From Wilmington:
Turn onto Cape Fear Historic Bywy (US-76/US-421)
Continue on US-76 (Andrew Jackson Hwy)
Continue on US-74 W/US-76 W (Andrew Jackson Hwy) toward Lumberton/Whiteville
Turn slightly left onto Sam Potts Hwy (NC-214)
Turn left onto Jefferson Rd.
Jefferson Rd becomes Bartram Lane.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Rd
Turn left onto State Park Dr
Arrive at State Park Dr.
From Whiteville:
Merge onto US-76 E/US-74 E toward Wilmington.
Turn right onto Fire Tower Road
Turn left onto Sam Potts Highway (NC 214)
Turn right onto Jefferson Road
Jefferson Rd becomes Bartram Lane.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Rd
Turn left onto State Park Dr
Arrive at State Park Dr.


Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:26pm
Pettigrew State Park
Do not depend on GPS to locate Park Office

Do not depend on GPS to locate the park office.  The following directions will get you to the main access of the park.  From HWY 64 take exit 558 and follow the signs for approximately 8 miles to the park office.  You are not required to travel any dirt roads to reach the park office.

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