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North Carolina State Parks Reopening Plans

North Carolina State Parks Reopening Plans


General information and timeline
 

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

 

At a glance

  • 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.
  • All camping reservations must be done online. There are no walk-up reservations. (The only exceptions are some backcountry campsites at certain parks — check individual park pages to determine if this is the case.)
  • 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 remain 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.

 

Park by park details
 

Park name

Currently open

Facilities in italics are open
as of Friday, September 11

Still closed

Carolina Beach State Park
Visitor center
Group campsites
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Camper cabins open,
but may be closed for cleaning on weekdays
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Marina
One campground loop closed
due to construction.
Picnic area closed due to
damage from Hurricane Isaias.
Carvers Creek State Park
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed
due to equipment installation.
Please check the park page
for updates on reopening.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock attraction is open
Elevator available
Shuttle buses running from Meadows to Cliff Dwellers
Cliff Dwellers and Sky Lounge gift shops open
Old Rock Cafe and Sky Lounge deli open

 
Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock
Open for hiking and individual climbing
Group climbing up to 14 people is available
with a Special Activity Permit
Grady's Animal Discovery Den closed
Classroom closed
Cliff Dwellers parking lot is under construction
through September and remains closed.
Please check the park page
for updates on reopening.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelters
Group campsites
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Camper cabins open Friday to Sunday only
Trails
Restrooms
Swim lake and beach closed
No boat rentals and concession
Crowders Mountain State Park
Visitor center
Group campsites
All climbing, including groups
Sparrow Springs access,*
including overlooks
and tent campsites
Linwood and Boulders accesses,
including Ridgeline Trail
Auditorium and classroom closed
Lake area closed due to construction;
no hiking or fishing permitted
Dismal Swamp State Park
Visitor center
Trails
Restrooms
No boat or bike rentals
Elk Knob State Park
Park office (hours may be limited)
Group campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Eno River State Park
All accesses are open
Park office (hours are limited)
Group campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
No picnic shelter reservations
Pea Creek Trail closed due to storm damage
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Visitor center (hours may be limited)
Beaverdam:
Boat ramp (non-gasoline powered only)
Trails (bike trails weather dependent)
Restrooms
Playground
Picnic shelters
BW Wells:
Group campsites
Highway 50:
Boat ramp
Restrooms
Holly Point:
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Playground
Rolling View:
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Trails
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramp
Playgrounds
Group campsites
Picnic shelters
Shinleaf:
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms and bathhouses
Group campsites
All swim beaches closed
Sandling Beach access closed
Community building closed
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
4WD beach
Restroom
Pedestrian beach
Park office
Annual Passes and day passes for 4WD beach
are available for sale at the park office.
Exhibit room closed
The Basin Trail is closed due to
damage from Hurricane Isaias.
Fort Macon State Park
Visitor center
Fort (outdoor areas)
Beach
Trails
Restrooms
Exhibit rooms inside the fort closed
Picnic shelter closed
Goose Creek State Park
Visitor center
Group campsites
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Camper cabins open Friday to Sunday only
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach closed
Picnic shelters closed
Gorges State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelter
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Exhibit area, classroom and auditorium
inside visitor center closed
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Park office (limited hours)
Group campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Hammocks Beach State Park
Visitor center
Gazebo
Group campsite A
Bear Island tent campsites*
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Bear Island open to private boat access
NO FERRY SERVICE TO BEAR ISLAND
Group campsites B and C are closed due to
damage from Hurricane Isaias.
*There is no ferry. Campers must arrange
their own transportation to the island.
Hanging Rock State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelters
Group campsites
Campsites
Vacation cabins open 7 days a week
Trails
Some restrooms
Boat access to Dan River
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concession
Haw River State Park
The Summit is open to day-use groups of
25 or less by reservation.
The Summit:
Trails
Restrooms
Fishing access
Iron Ore Belt access:
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed*
*Staff will be available at a table near
the Summit restrooms to assist with park questions,
Passport stickers, etc. for day-use visitors.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Visitor center
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach at Roanoke Sound
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020.
Jones Lake State Park
Visitor center
Group campsite
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Visitor center
Parkers Creek:
Campground loops 1, 2, 3 and 4
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Tent group campsites
Poplar Point:
Campground loops B, C, E, F, G
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
New Hope Overlook:
Camping primitive areas A and B
Trails
Boat ramp
Seaforth:
Boat ramp
Vista Point:
RV group campsites
Tent group campsites
Hiking trails
Boat ramps
Restrooms
Robeson Creek:
Canoe access and boat ramp
Also open:
USACE Poes Ridge boat ramp
NCWRC Farrington Point boat ramp
All swim beaches closed
Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area closed
Seaforth day-use area closed
Parkers Creek day-use area closed
White Oak access closed
Please note that campgrounds are following the
normal operating season schedule, so some
campgrounds may be closed because they would
normally already be closed for the season.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Visitor center (hours may be limited)
Bullocksville:
Campground
Bathhouses
Trail
Boat ramp
Fishing pier
Picnic shelters
County Line:
Campsites 1 to 71
Bathhouses
NCWRC boat ramp and fishing pier
Group campsite
Henderson Point:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Campground boat ramp
Fishing pier and NCWRC boat ramp
Group campsite
Picnic shelters 2 and 3
Hibernia:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Trail
Boat ramps
Group campsite
Kimball Point:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Boat ramps
Picnic shelter
Nutbush:
Campground
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramps
Picnic shelter
Satterwhite Point:
Trail at office and marina boat ramp
JC Cooper:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Also open:
Flemingtown NCWRC boat ramp
All swim beaches closed
Henderson Point picnic shelter 1 closed
Hibernia picnic shelter closed
Satterwhite Point picnic shelters and group campsite closed
Community buildings closed
Please note that campgrounds are following the
normal operating season schedule, so some
campgrounds may be closed because they would
normally already be closed for the season.
Lake James State Park
Park offices
Tent and paddle-in campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concessions
No picnic shelter reservations
Picnic area near swim beach closed
Lake Norman State Park
Visitor center
Group campsites
Tent and trailer campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concessions
No picnic shelter reservations
Community building closed
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Visitor center
Tent campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Swim pier closed
Lumber River State Park
Park office (no restrooms)
Princess Ann group campsite and overflow
Chalk Banks group campsite
Tent campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Picnic shelter closed
Wire Pasture access closed
Mayo River State Park
Park office
Group
campsite
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Medoc Mountain State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelters
Group campsites
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Equestrian campsites
Trails
Restrooms
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020.
Merchants Millpond State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelters
All campsites and group campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
No boat rentals for day-use*
*Paddle-in campers can rent boats.
Morrow Mountain State Park
Park office
Picnic shelters
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Vacation cabins open 7 days a week
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Lodge and museum closed
Boathouse closed (no rentals)
Swimming pool closed
Group campsites closed due to facilities issue
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Park office
Picnic shelter
Trails
Restrooms
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Mount Mitchell State Park
Park office
Observation tower
Concession and gift shop
Tent campsites*
Trails
Restroom at park office
*Inside the park only, check Pisgah website for status
on their backpacking campsites
Restaurant closed
Museum and classroom closed
New River State Park
U.S. 221 visitor center
Park office at Wagoner access
Picnic shelters
Group campsite
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Paddle-in campsites
Trails
Restrooms
River accesses
Elk Shoals swim beach
Community building at Elk Shoals closed
Classroom at Wagoner closed
Exhibit hall and classroom at U.S. 221 closed
Community building at U.S. 221 closed
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Eno River park office (hours are limited)
Trails
Restrooms
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Pettigrew State Park
Visitor center
Group campsites
Picnic shelters
Tent and trailer campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Swim pier closed
Pilot Mountain State Park
New visitor center open
Open parking areas have limited capacity:
The summit: 80 cars
Visitor center: 200 cars
Park office: 30 cars
Pilot Creek Trailhead: 15 cars
Pinnacle Hotel Road parking: 50 cars
Hauser Road parking: 40 cars
Ivy Bluffs Trailhead: 20 cars
Ivy Bluffs canoe launch: 10 cars
Please note: new shuttle service runs
from the visitor center to the summit area on
weekends and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When the shuttle is running, there is no
uphill visitor vehicle traffic past the visitor center.
There is no overflow parking.
Once these lots are full,
gates will be closed and
all incoming traffic will be turned away.
Parking on the road shoulder is prohibited.
All camping facilities remain closed
due to lightning damage.
Raven Rock State Park
Visitor center
Picnic shelter
Tent backpacking campsites
Paddle-in campsites
Trails and restrooms
 
All facilities are open as of September 11, 2020
Singletary Lake State Park
Trail
Restrooms
Swim pier closed
Group camps closed
South Mountains State Park
Visitor center
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Equestrian campsites
Reservations required for all camping
Trails
Restrooms
Classroom, auditorium and exhibit hall
inside visitor center closed
No reservations for picnic shelter and amphitheater 
Stone Mountain State Park
Park office
Picnic shelters
Group campsites
Tent, trailer and RV campsite
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails (bridle trails weather permitting)
Restrooms
Hutchinson Homestead closed
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Visitor center
Trails
Restrooms, including at visitor center
Classroom and exhibits closed
William B. Umstead State Park
Visitor center
Maple Hill Lodge
Youth tent camp
Crabtree picnic shelter 2
Tent and trailer campsites
Trails
Some restrooms
No boat rentals
Reedy Creek picnic shelters closed
Crabtree picnic shelter 1 closed
Camp Lapihio and Camp Crabtree closed
Sycamore cabins closed

 

 

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.