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Current alerts for North Carolina state parks:


Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 8:23am
Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED today.

The mountain bike trails at Lake James State Park are CLOSED today.   Be advised that the direction of Tindo and Wimba trails have changed.  Tindo trail is going in a counter clockwise direction and Wimba trail is going in a clockwise direction.  The direction of these trails will stay like this until the beginning of July. If the time stamp on this alert is more than 24 hours old, please feel free to call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the most up to date information. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 8:11am
Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Trail is CLOSED!

Itusi Trail is CLOSED due to rainy,wet, and muddy conditions. 

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 1:29pm
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Flooding at Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake rose 8 feet since 8:00 am on 5/17/18 due to extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Roanoke River Basin cresting at about 308.7’msl.  The lake level has started to recede slowly and was at was 308.35’ msl as of 5:00 pm on 5/24/18. We have notified those with reservations on impacted sites over the last several days.  We are confident that there will be significant flooding of campsites and boat ramps for Memorial Day Weekend.

The bridges on Anderson Creek Rd. Jacksontown Rd. and Nutbush Rd. are closed due to flooding.

All campgrounds have flooded sites.

The campground at Bullocksville is entirely closed right now due to flooded roads.

The water receded off the campground entrance road at Henderson Point enough to open it this morning. 

Most of the boat ramps in the NC Portion of J. H. Kerr Reservoir are currently flooded. The boat ramps that are currently open are:

Nutbush Area 2 Ramp
Steele Creek Marina Ramp at the Moorings ($5)
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at County Line
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at Henderson Point
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at Hibernia

Hourly lake level information can be found at:


Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:34am
Medoc Mountain State Park
Attention Paddlers: Creek Blocked

Little Fishing Creek is currently blocked by a large tree near the Bluff Loop Trail. The creek is impassable to paddlers at this point. We are working to clear the blockage. Please check the website for updates.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:46pm
William B Umstead State Park
Trail Washouts

Due to the heavy rain we have been getting lately, please be cautious of ruts and washout areas on the trails. We just received word that North Turkey Trail has a few washout areas.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 11:15am
Pilot Mountain State Park
Bridle Trails Closed

Horse trails and associated parking areas are closed due to abundant rain and wet trails. Trails will remain closed until significant drying has occurred. Thank you for your understanding. 

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:45pm
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Trail and Campsite Closures

Nuwati and Cragway trails remain CLOSED until further notice due to hazardous conditions. All trails sustained extensive damage, are badly eroded, and have standing and moving water. All surfaces are slick. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge.

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:44pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Memorial Weekend Beach/Day Use Areas

  You should expect, and plan for, traffic congestion and delays when driving to the park. Once all parking spaces are full, additional cars will not be allowed into Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The best time to come is normally early in the morning or late in the afternoon and carpool as much as possible. Bring all food, drinks, and recreational equipment into the park with you.  If you leave the park to purchase soft drinks, lunch, or other items, you may not get back into the park when you return. Do not attempt to park outside of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and then walk into the park.  Pedestrians will not be allowed into the park. Do not park your vehicle in the “No Parking” zones posted around Jordan Lake.   Law enforcement officials will be enforcing parking violations through fines and by towing illegally parked vehicles.


Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:55pm
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Vista Point Closure - Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon

Vista Point will be closed to the general public 5-31-18 through 6-3-18 for the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon.  Please make plans to use other areas for boat ramps or hiking trails during this time.  Seaforth, Parker's Creek, New Hope and Ebenezer will be alternatives.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:42am
Lumber River State Park
Chalk Banks Challenge Cancelled

The Chalks Banks Challenge is cancelled due to the threat of severe thunderstorms today. We hope to reschedule the event--please check back for updates. 

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