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Alerts and Closures


Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 12:58pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Falls Lake Campground Closures

Beginning fall of 2021, Falls Lake SRA will begin the construction phase of our CONNECT NC Bond Project to upgrade our RV electrical campsites to 50-amp service.  During construction, scheduled to begin in September 2021, campsites will be closed at Rolling View and Holly Point campgrounds.
The following campsites are affected:
ROLLING VIEW: All family campsites currently not accepting reservations from September 7, 2021 through February 28, 2022
HOLLY POINT: All family campsites currently not accepting reservations from March 1, 2022 through August 15, 2022
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.
Please contact the Falls Lake park office if you have any questions.

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 6:33pm
South Mountains State Park
Clear Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Trail

Lakeview Trail includes at least one creek crossing that is difficult to cross safely without getting your feet wet during or immediately following heavy rain. Please plan ahead.

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 5:08pm
William B Umstead State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of the park, including the Visitor Center and bathhouses. All visitors must wear face masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. 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. 
  • We are accepting reservations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please call the park office for more information. 
  • Sycamore Cabins remain closed. 
  • NO BOAT RENTALS will be offered in 2021.  

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. North Carolina Executive Order 225 is in effect as of August 20, 2021.

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:58pm
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities

All Kerr Lake State Recreation Area facilities are open.

The visitor center is open daily, but hours vary depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours.

Day-use entrance fees are charged 7-days-a-week through Labor Day and then on weekends through the end of September.  This includes customers who are visiting registered campers and customers who are going to a rented community building or shelter.  The entrance fees are:
Motor vehicles: $7 per day
Senior Citizen (62 or older)/Military: $5 per day
Bus:  $20 per day

Open areas will close if capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans are not available at family campsites to reduce exposure, so campers will take their own trash to the dumpsters. 

Reservations for available campsites may be on the day of arrival up to 9 p.m. Campers may make reservations by calling toll-free 1-877-722-6762 or through the reservations website

Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Kerr Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Virginia State Parks

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.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 3:15pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Profile Parking Area & Profile Trail Now RE-OPENED

The Profile Parking Area and Profile Trail are now back open following recovery from storm damage. There remains a closure on the lower portion of Profile Trail near the river, so please follow posted detour signage onto the Profile Connector, which leads back onto Profile Trial. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 10:59am
Singletary Lake State Park
Pier closed

The pier at Singletary Lake State Park is under construction and will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 9:01am
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Fishing closed

The temporary fishing access, Naked Creek Restoration Site, of Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area will be closed beginning June 27, 2021.  Please contact the park if you have further questions

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 2:14pm
Gorges State Park
Bear Activity

Please use safe practices if you see a black bear while hiking.  
Safe practices are:
Keeping a safe distance away from the bear.
Make loud noises by clapping hands or shouting "hey bear'"
Stay calm by staying still or slowly backing away from the bear, do not run from the bear. 

Please report any bear sightings in the park to park staff at the visitor center. 

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