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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:

 

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:39pm
Mayo River State Park
Status of park facilities

All park facilities are open as of September 11.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:50pm
William B Umstead State Park
Important information about visiting the park. Please read before coming to the park.

Important Information Before Visiting:

1.  Bring WATER!  There are no water fountains, and it is VERY HOT, please bring enough water to drink.

2.  Bring a MAP!  You can print maps online before you come to the park or pick one up at our Visitor Center or trail Kiosks.  We have over 30 MILES of trails in the park and many trails are not loop trails so please bring a map and plan your hike.  Pay special attenton to the distance and difficulty rating of the trails you will be on.

3.  Gates lock at 8:00pm. Please plan your visit so you are able to leave before the gates lock.
Park hours will be 8:00am to 8:00pm on both sides of the park. *On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Reedy Creek entrance at Harrison Avenue and I-40 will open at 7:00am. The Crabtree entrance at Glenwood Avenue will open at 8:00am seven days a week. Entry before or after operating hours is trespassing.
*IMPORTANT: The park will close when full and no cars will be allowed to enter until more parking becomes available.  As one vehicle leaves the park, the next vehicle in line will be allowed to enter.

4. We are opening trails and restrooms to provide fresh air and exercise during this difficult time. Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park, without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area. This is not the time to “hang out” at the park.

5.  Please bring hand sanitizer and go to the bathroom before coming to the park. Restrooms will be open, but we have limited supplies of toilet paper and soap, so please conserve.

6.  Please follow all current state guidelines on social distancing and gatherings. Visitors should maintain a social distance, including on trails — move aside for people to pass.

7.  Visitors should wear a face covering, like a bandana or a mask, that allows them to breathe easily on the trail without spreading as many germs.

8.  If you are hiking in a group, walk single file when you are passing someone on a trail.

*Special Message:  We are still operating the park on a limited opening capacity to allow people to visit and enjoy the park and the outdoors while also adjusting operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations should still be followed.  Please keep proper social distance, allow room for others to pass, and avoid gathering in groups.

Please also respect park staff who have been given specific operational guidelines for cleaning and social distancing requirements for their safety and to reduce the potential spread of infection.

*Visitor behavior is IMPERATIVE to create conditions that will allow us to keep our parks open. Failure to respect these guidelines could cause parks to be closed and may impact additional park facilities from reopening.*

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:51pm
William B Umstead State Park
Current status of park facilities

As of September 11th, we have opened the visitor center. To enter the visitor center you MUST wear a mask, and there is a maximum of 6 people inside at all times.

The family campground and Crabtree shelter #2 are open daily.

Maple Hill Lodge and Youth Tent Camp is open only on Friday and Saturday, and there is a two-night minimum to rent. 

To make reservations for any of our facilities, you must book it online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Camp Lapihio, Camp Crabtree, Sycamore Cabins, Reedy Creek Shelters 1 & 2, and Crabtree Shelter 1 all remain CLOSED. 

There will also be NO BOAT RENTALS this year. We will resume rentals next spring.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:28pm
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities

Additional facilities reopened on Friday, September 11, under the new phase 2.5 guidelines.

Bullocksville:
All facilities are OPEN except for the community building, which will remain CLOSED.

County Line:
All facilities are OPEN.

Henderson Point: 
All facilities are OPEN except for the community building and the day-use swim beach area, which includes shelter #1.

Hibernia:
Campground areas 1 and 2, group camping area campground boat ramp, Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp, and hiking trail are OPEN.
Campground area 3, picnic areas, shelters, beach area, and playground are CLOSED.

J.C. Cooper Campground:
Campground areas 1 and 2, campground boat ramp and trail are OPEN.
Area 3 campground and group are CLOSED.

Kimball Point:
All facilities are OPEN except for the day-use swim beach. 

Nutbush: 
Campground areas 1 and 3, picnic shelter, and all Nutbush Bridge boat ramps are OPEN.

Satterwhite Point: 
The visitor center is open (staffing dependent) but the exhibit room is closed. The trail at the visitor center and the Satterwhite Point Marina boat ramp are OPEN.
All other facilities are CLOSED.

Other notesShower houses will be available but smaller restrooms in the campgrounds may be closed. Cleaning the shower houses will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters. 

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

During phase 2.5, swim beaches and facilities in their proximity will remain closed, as will the 100-person Satterwhite Point/JC Cooper group camping area.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:41pm
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Current status of park facilities

All facilities at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area are open as of September 11.

Beginning on September 14, the park office at Eno River State Park is open from Monday to Friday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning on September 20, the park office is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office at Eno River State Park. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:56pm
Crowders Mountain State Park
Current status of park facilities

All accesses and trails at Crowders Mountain State Park are open. Park hours are 8:00am to 9:00pm.

Rock climbing and boulder for individuals and groups are available; registration is required. All campsites, include group campsites, are open; reservations are required and there are no walk-ups.

The visitor center is open. The auditorium and classroom remain closed. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The Lake Trail will periodically open on weekends during the second phase of trail construction. Please call the park at 704-853-5375 before you plan your weekend trip to the Shorts Lake area.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 2:22pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Current status of park facilities

Trails and restrooms are open. Restroom facilities are closed periodically throughout the day, so that staff can adhere to cleaning protocols. Please be patient with the staff during this time.

The park office is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both your nose and mouth, is required to enter the office.

Backcountry campsites, including group campsites, are open. All campers must reserve a campsite online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. You have until 9:00pm the day of your arrival to reserve the site; however, we recommend making your reservation before you go to the park, as cellular service is not reliable and Aspira's phone lines have recently had long wait times.

Visitors are expected to wear masks while in the park and adhere to the social distancing standards while on the trails and in the parking lot area. Entry to the park will be restricted if the park reaches max capacity or if social distancing standards are not being adhered to.

Please note: the Grandfather Mountain attraction (Mile-High Swinging Bridge) is managed by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Please visit their website for their current operating status.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, 2020, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 2:48pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities

The following Falls Lake areas and facilities are currently open as part of the state's reopening plans for phase 2.5:

BEAVERDAM: boat ramp (non-gasoline powered boats only), hiking trails, mountain biking trails (weather dependent), restrooms, playgrounds, picnic shelters (reservations available), beaches closed
BW WELLS: group camping, bathhouse
HIGHWAY 50: boat ramp, restrooms
HOLLY POINT: family camping, boat ramp (campers only), restrooms/bathhouses, playground, beaches closed
ROLLING VIEW: family camping, boat ramp, hiking trails, restrooms/bathhouses, playground, group camping, picnic shelters (reservations available), beaches closed, community building closed
SHINLEAF: hike-in camping, hiking trails, restrooms/bathhouses, group camping

SANDLING BEACHclosed

The visitor center is open on weekdays, but hours vary, depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Day-use entrance fees are charged on weekends in September. Open areas may be operating with limited capacity and will close once capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters.

Campers must have reservations to camp, but 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 our reservations website.

All swim beaches and the community building are closed. Park visitors are not allowed in closed areas.

Hikers can hike the entirety of the Falls Lake sections of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail by parking at any of the trailheads where the trail crosses a road. Please ensure that your vehicle does not block a gate or the roadway.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Falls Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Wake County Parks
Raleigh Parks and Recreation

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 2:30pm
Eno River State Park
Current status of park facilities

All accesses at Eno River State Park are operating under normal hours. Trails and restrooms are open. The restrooms close regularly throughout the day for cleaning and sanitizing; entry will be prohibited during this time.

Beginning on September 14, the park office is open from Monday to Friday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning on September 20, the park office is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the office.

Picnic shelters can be used on a casual, first-come, first-served basis; they cannot be reserved at this time. All water fountains and hydrants are off; please be prepared and bring filled, reusable water bottles.

Tent campsites and group campsites are open. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762.

Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area. Please observe social distancing and bring a mask or face covering with you, so that you can use it when you are unable to be 6 feet from other people.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:13am
Jones Lake State Park
Camper Information

If you have a camping reservation and will be arriving after park hours please call the park, during park office hours, to obtain information on how to access the campground after park hours.

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