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North Carolina State Parks Reopening Plans

North Carolina State Parks Reopening Plans


General information and timeline
 

Please note that these dates and reopening timeline is subject to change at any time. Check our website and park pages or scroll below for more details regarding each park's facilities.

 

At a glance

  • As of May 22, most trails and restrooms are open. Several boat ramps are open. Most camping facilities, with the exception of group campsites and group camps, are open.
  • All camping reservations must be done online. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book online by 9:00pm the day of their reservation. (The only exceptions are some backcountry campsites at certain parks — check individual park pages to determine if this is the case.)
  • All inland swim beaches and swim areas are CLOSED.
  • Visitor centers, playgrounds, exhibits, meeting rooms, community buildings, and retail areas remain CLOSED.
  • No facility rentals are available, including picnic shelters. There are no equipment rentals or concessions.
  • Parking is limited to available spaces to keep parks under capacity. There is no overflow parking. Several parks are limiting parking capacity even further to allow for social distancing.

 

Phase timeline and details
 

 

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Target date
May 9
May 22
TBD
Entire park
Limited openings to public
with some sections, services
and facilities closed
Open to public with some
sections, services and
facilities closed
Open
Trails
Most open
Most open
Open
Restroom buildings
Most open
Most open
Open
Boat ramps
Some open
Most open
Open
Campgrounds
Closed
Most open
Open
Cabins
Closed
Camper cabins:
Open Friday to Sunday
Closed weekdays for cleaning
Vacation cabins:
Open 7 days a week
Open 7 days a week
Picnic shelters
Closed
Closed
Open
Reservations accepted
Beaches and
designated swim areas
Closed
Coastal beaches open
Inland swim beaches CLOSED
Remaining beaches open
Visitor centers
Open to staff only
Open to staff only
Open
Museums and exhibit rooms
Closed
Closed
Open
Auditoriums and classrooms
Closed
Closed
Open
Group camps
Closed
Closed
Open
Snack bars and retail
Closed
Closed
Open
Playgrounds
Closed
Closed
TBD
Events and programs
None
None
TBD

 

 

Park by park details
 

Park name

Open as of May 22

newest updates listed first

Still closed as of May 22

Carolina Beach State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites*
Camper cabins open Friday to Sunday only
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Marina
Picnic area
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
*One campground loop closed due to construction.
Carvers Creek State Park
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed
Chimney Rock State Park
Guided or group climbing with less than 10 people now permitted with a Special Activity Permit
Chimney Rock attraction*
Rumbling Bald access
Eagle Rock access
Individual climbing
At the attraction:
No elevator
No shuttle buses
Top parking area closed
Park office, exhibits, gift shops, and concession closed
*Attraction will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Camper cabins open Friday to Sunday only
Trails
Restrooms
Swim lake and beach closed
No boat rentals and concession
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Crowders Mountain State Park
Park has limited capacity
Sparrow Springs access,*
including overlooks
and tent campsites
Linwood and Boulders accesses,
including Ridgeline Trail
Individual climbing permitted
Regular park hours resume
Visitor center closed
No group climbing permitted
No group camping permitted
*Lake area closed due to construction.
No hiking or fishing in this area.
Dismal Swamp State Park
Trails close at 5:30pm
Parking area closes at 6:00pm
Trails
NCDOT restroom at Dismal Swamp Welcome Center/NCDOT rest stop
All other restrooms closed
No boat or bike rentals
Visitor center closed
Elk Knob State Park
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed
Group campsites closed
Eno River State Park
Park has limited capacity
Tent backpacking campsites
Fews Ford and Cole Mill accesses only:
Trails
Restrooms
Cabelands and Pleasant Green accesses closed
Park office closed
Group campsites closed
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Rolling View:
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Trails
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramp
Holly Point:
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Shinleaf:
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms and bathhouses
Highway 50:
Boat ramp
Restrooms
Beaverdam:
Boat ramp (non-gasoline powered only)
Trails (bike trails weather dependent)
Restrooms
 
All swim beaches closed
Sandling Beach access closed
BW Wells access closed
Community building closed
​No picnic shelter reservations
Visitor center closed
All group campsites closed
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
4WD beach
Basin Trail
Restroom
Pedestrian beach
Park office
Annual Passes and day passes for 4WD beach are available for sale at the park office
Exhibit room
Fort Macon State Park
Beach
Trails
Restrooms
Visitor center and exhibits closed
Goose Creek State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Camper cabins open Friday to Sunday only
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach closed
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Gorges State Park
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Visitor center closed
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed
Group campsites closed
Hammocks Beach State Park
Park closes at 6:00pm
Bear Island tent campsites*
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp open to Annual Pass holders and cash payments only
Bear Island open to private boat access
No ferry service to Bear Island
No credit card payments for boat ramp use
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
*There is no ferry. Campers must arrange their own transportation to the island.
Hanging Rock State Park
Some tent and trailer campsites
Vacation cabins open 7 days a week
Trails
Some restrooms
Boat access to Dan River
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concession
Visitor center closed
Haw River State Park
The Summit:
Trails
Restrooms
Fishing access
Iron Ore Belt access:
Trails
Restrooms
The Summit Center and park office closed
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach at Roanoke Sound
Visitor center closed
Jones Lake State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Several areas of the park are closed due to flooding.
Please check the park page for more information.
Crosswinds:
Campground loops A, B and C
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Parkers Creek:
Campground loops 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
Poplar Point:
Campground loops B, C, F, G, H and J
Bathhouses
Boat ramp (for campers only)
New Hope Overlook:
Opening on Saturday, May 23
Day-use fee is charged daily for this access

Trails
Boat ramp
Robeson Creek:
Canoe access and boat ramp
Also open:
USACE Poes Ridge boat ramp
NCWRC Farrington Point boat ramp
All swim beaches closed
No firewood sales at any campground
Comfort stations (restrooms only) closed
Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area closed
Seaforth boat ramp and day-use area closed
Parkers Creek day-use area closed
Vista Point access closed
White Oak access closed
Day-use area closure includes all trails, picnic areas, picnic shelters, swim beaches, and boat ramps (unless indicated otherwise) at that access.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Several areas of the park are closed due to flooding.
Please check the park page for more information.
Bullocksville:
Campground
Bathhouses
Trail
Boat ramp
County Line:
Campsites 1 to 71
Bathhouses
NCWRC boat ramp and fishing pier
Henderson Point:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Campground boat ramp
Fishing pier and NCWRC boat ramp
Hibernia:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Trail
Boat ramps
Kimball Point:
Campground areas 1 and 2
Bathhouses
Boat ramps
Nutbush:
Campground areas 1 and 3
Restrooms and bathhouses
Boat ramps
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
All day-use facilities closed including: picnic areas, picnic shelters, and community buildings
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Lake James State Park
Tent and paddle-in campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concessions
Picnic area closed
Park office closed
Lake Norman State Park
Tent and trailer campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Swim beach closed
No boat rentals and concessions
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Tent campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Swim pier closed
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Lumber River State Park
Tent campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Wire Pasture access closed
Park office closed
Picnic shelters closed
Group campsites closed
Mayo River State Park
Some trails
Restrooms
Boat ramps
Park office closed
Group campsite closed
Medoc Mountain State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Equestrian campsites
Trails
Restrooms
No picnic shelter reservations
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Merchants Millpond State Park
Tent campsites (drive-in campground only)
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Fishing catwalks on Millpond Road bridge
No boat rentals
Visitor center closed
Tent backpacking campsites closed
Paddle-in campsites closed
Group campsites closed
Morrow Mountain State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites*
Vacation cabins open 7 days a week
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
*Some site closures to limit capacity, please check reservations website for availability
No firewood sales
Road to overlook closed to vehicles
Swimming pool closed
No boat rentals or concessions
No picnic shelter reservations
Park office and museum closed
Group campsites closed
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Trails
Restrooms
Park office closed
Mount Mitchell State Park
Tent campsites*
Trails
Restroom at park office
*Inside the park only, check Pisgah website for status on their backpacking campsites
Restaurant and concession closed
Park office closed
New River State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Paddle-in campsites
Trails
Restrooms
River accesses
Elk Shoals swim beach
Visitor center closed
Group campsites closed
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Park has limited capacity
Trails
Restrooms
Overlook area closed
Eno River park office closed
Pettigrew State Park
Tent and trailer campsites
Trails
Restrooms
Boat ramp
Swim pier closed
Group campsites closed
Pilot Mountain State Park
Open parking areas have limited capacity:
The summit: 80 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
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.
Park office closed
Raven Rock State Park
Park has limited capacity
Tent backpacking campsites
Paddle-in campsites
Trails and restrooms open at main access
 
Visitor center closed
Singletary Lake State Park
Trail
Restrooms
Swim pier closed
Park office closed
Group camps closed
South Mountains State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsites
Tent backpacking campsites
Equestrian campsites
Reservations required for all camping
Trails
Restrooms
Picnic areas closed
Visitor center closed
Stone Mountain State Park
Tent, trailer and RV campsite
Tent backpacking campsites
Trails (bridle trails weather permitting)
Restrooms
Picnic areas and shelters closed
Park office closed
Group campsites closed
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Trails
Restrooms, including at visitor center
Classroom and exhibits closed
Visitor center closed
William B. Umstead State Park
Trails
Some restrooms
All camping facilities remain closed
No boat rentals
Visitor center 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.
 


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 as of May 22.
 


If park offices and visitor centers are closed, how can I get my Passport book stamped?

Please email us at state.parks@ncparks.gov with your name, your mailing address, a list of parks you have visited, and how many stamps you need of each park, and our Passport Manager will mail the stamps to you.