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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Friday, April 1, 2022 - 4:07pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Recent black bear activity

Be aware that black bears have been active in the area within Grandfather Mountain State Park. Please use extra caution while hiking and camping. 

Monday, March 21, 2022 - 3:01pm
Raven Rock State Park

All backpack campers must arrive at park no later than 7:00 pm for day of reservation.
Reservations must be made before arriving to the Park.  Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.

The Canoe Campsites and Family Wilderness Campsites are primitive backpack sites only (2 miles or 2.5 miles from parking areas) with no water or electric.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 1:10pm
Eno River State Park
Fews Ford Picnic Shelter- Fireplace Closed for Repair

The fireplace at the Fews Ford Picnic Shelter located at 6101 Cole Mill Rd. is closed for repair. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 10:11am
Goose Creek State Park
Status of Park Use Areas and Trails

All day use areas, including trails and swim beach, close  ONE HOUR  prior to posted gate hours.

All trails are now open.

Campsites, including group campsites, are open. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. Camper cabins are open for reservations with a two night minimum. 

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:34pm
William B Umstead State Park
Partial Closure of Sycamore Trail due to Storm Damage

The storm on Friday, October 8, 2021, caused the bridge crossing Pat's Branch on Sycamore trail to wash out. Because of this, that portion of Sycamore trail will be closed from the trailhead to Group Camp Road. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 11:13am
Chimney Rock State Park
Parking Restrictions at Rumbling Bald Climbing Access

In order to preserve the beauty in our parks, Chimney Rock State Park would like to remind visitors to please park only in designated areas.  Parking along the grass, along road shoulders, and in front of parking signs causes congestion, damages access areas, and could result in a parking citation.  Please respect our resources so that they may be utilized for future visitors.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 10:22am
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Passport sticker requests

If you have visited Grandfather Mountain State Park and need your NC State Parks Passport booklet stamped after park office hours, a Passport sticker can be requested by emailing Please include the number of stickers needed, your name, and a mailing address. 

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 10:53am
Carolina Beach State Park
Visitor center closures

Due to staffing shortage, the park visitor center is currently open on a limited basis and may be closed during regular business hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. When the visitor center is closed, please visit the marina store for park information, camping check-in, restrooms, refreshments and other inquiries.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:34am
Eno River State Park
Fanny's Ford Campground Parking

The gravel camper parking lot for Fanny's Ford Campground is closed due to construction.  Fanny's Ford Campground Campers should park in the loop parking lot.

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 10:15am
Eno River State Park
Weekend delays

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.

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