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North Carolina State Parks Facility Status

North Carolina State Parks Facility Status

General information and timeline

Check our website and park pages for more details on what is currently open or closed at parks.

  • Campgrounds remain open under the Modified Stay At Home Order. For campgrounds with 24-hour access, please observe the Night-Time Public Closure Period guidelines and do not leave the campground between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Most trails and restrooms are open. Several boat ramps are open.
  • Most visitor centers and park offices are open. Facility rentals inside visitor centers remain closed. Face coverings are required.
  • Most camping facilities are open. Group campsites are open, but campsites accommodate more than 50 people remain closed.
  • Camping reservations must be done online. Walk-up campsites are available only at certain loops at Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake and at backcountry campsites with self-registration boxes at trailheads. Please check the park pages for more information about camping procedures.
  • Picnic shelters that accommodate less than 50 people are open and available for reservation. Picnic shelters with larger capacities remain closed. Community buildings also remain closed.
  • All inland swim beaches and swim areas are CLOSED. Playground areas are open.
  • There are NO equipment rentals or concessions.
  • Parking is limited to available spaces to keep parks under capacity. There is no overflow parking.
  • Please bring a mask or face covering. They are required to be worn properly, covering both your nose and mouth, when social distancing cannot be implemented. Face coverings are required inside buildings, such as visitor centers and park offices.



Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more detailed information about specific state parks?

Each state park has its own page, which will be updated with which facilities are open as we work through the phases of reopening facilities.

What steps have been taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19?

The Division of Parks and Recreation has established cleaning protocols and provided staff with personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have posted signage encouraging visitors to social distance, wash hands frequently, wear a face covering, and avoid crowded areas.

When my family visits a state park, what steps can we take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Maintain a social distance of 6 feet, regardless of the behavior of others.

Step to the side of a trail, wait at the end of a bridge, and do not enter the restrooms until others have cleared out.

Touch as few surfaces as possible. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit.

Do not share equipment like phones or cameras with other visitors.

If the park seems crowded when you arrive, come back another time.

Bring a mask or face covering. Wear it when you cannot properly implement social distancing from others, such as when you are on a crowded trail or waiting for the restroom. A mask or a face covering is required to enter park offices, visitor centers and other buildings.

Will I get a refund for my Annual Pass?

The Annual Pass program offers significant savings across the state parks system that create peak value 9 months of the year. Refunds will not be offered for Annual Passes.

Please note that at this time, due to overwhelming demand, Annual Passes are not being sold online at our webstore. If you want to purchase an Annual Pass to access the 4WD beach at Fort Fisher, staff at the park are selling the passes at the park.