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Bond Projects Will Cause Parking, Access Closures at Crowders Mountain State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
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Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Monday, May 20, 2019

Bond Projects Will Cause Parking, Access Closures at Crowders Mountain State Park

May 20, 2019
Katie Hall, (919) 707-9350
Michele Walker, (919) 814-6665

Raleigh, N.C. - Construction projects starting this week will cause closures of parking lots and cause temporary access closures to Crowders Mountain State Park throughout the summer. Park staff ask that visitors check the park’s website at or call the park office at 704-853-5375 for up-to-date closures before their visit. 

Four projects funded by the Connect N.C. bond package will increase parking and facilities for visitors at two of the park’s access areas. Sparrow Springs access near Short’s Lake will gain 215 parking spaces as well as restroom facilities. At the Linwood access, the parking lot will be expanded and paved to accommodate 202 vehicles and the septic system will be updated to manage increased usage. 

During construction, the existing gravel parking area at Sparrow Springs access will be closed. Access to Short’s lake and the Lake Trail will be limited or closed for periods of time until construction is complete. The Linwood access area may be closed temporarily during the construction process as well. 

The park’s Boulders access and all other trails will remain open during the construction period, which is expected to continue until late October. 

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