Accessibility in State Parks

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The Rockefeller House from across the millpond at Carvers Creek State Park
The Rockefeller House as seen from the other side of the millpond. Photo by DPR staff.

Visit the Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek! The park offers a shuttle on Tuesdays for visitors with limited mobility. Enjoy the historic home, the observation deck over the pond, and the fishing area.

Contact the park at carvers.creek@ncparks.gov or by calling 910-436-4681 to learn more.

A visitor with an oxygen talk and a walker, taking a photo of her family on top of the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park, from the Sky Lounge patio
A visitor with a walker takes a photo of the rest of her party, who has climbed the steps up the Chimney. Photo by K. Johnson.

Visit the Sky Lounge at Chimney Rock! The park offers an elevator that takes visitors with limited mobility to the Sky Lounge patio level with stunning views of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

The ramp down to the entrance of the fort at Fort Macon State Park
Ramp to the fort entrance. Photo by K. Bonifacio.

Discover North Carolina's history at Fort Macon! Lower portions of Fort Macon, with interpretive programs and exhibits, are wheelchair accessible.

Some exhibits and videos at the visitor center and at the fort also provide accessibility for those with hearing or vision loss.

The boardwalk at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
The boardwalk at Fort Fisher provides access to the pedestrian beach. Photo by C. Peek.

Enjoy the beach at Fort Macon and Fort Fisher! Beach wheelchairs are free to rent at both parks, so visitors with limited mobility can enjoy the beach.

The ferry to Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park
The passenger ferry at Hammocks Beach. Photo by C. Peek.

Visit Bear Island! The passenger ferry at Hammocks Beach is wheelchair accessible and shuttles visitors to Bear Island, an unspoiled barrier island with camping and day-use facilities.

A wide shot of the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park
Dunes at Jockey's Ridge. Photo by E. Chronis.

Visit the top of the big dune at Jockey's Ridge!

Contact the park office at least 24 hours ahead of your visit at jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov or by calling 252-441-7132 to schedule a ride to the top of the dune in an all-terrain vehicle.

The observation deck at Mount Mitchell State Park
Ramp entrance to the observation deck at Mount Mitchell. Photo by J. Brown.

Visit the highest peak east of the Mississippi River on Mount Mitchell!

Contact the park office at mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov or by calling 828-675-4611 to schedule a trip in an all-terrain vehicle to the park's observation deck. Please contact the park several days ahead of your visit to ensure staff availability.

The accessible Centennial Cabin at Carolina Beach State Park
The Centennial Cabin at Carolina Beach State Park includes accessible camping, grill, and picnic table. Photo by DPR staff.
Fisherman at the pier at Rolling View access of Falls Lake State Recreation Area
The fishing pier at Rolling View access at Falls Lake State Recreation Area is wheelchair accessible. Photo by K. Bonifacio.
The Swamp Boardwalk at Dismal Swamp State Park is one of the state park system's accessible trails.
The Swamp Boardwalk Trail at Dismal Swamp State Park is one of the state park system's wheelchair-accessible trails. Photo by C. Peek.
Pool with a wheelchair ramp at Morrow Mountain State Park
The pool at Morrow Mountain State Park has a wheelchair ramp. Photo by C. Peek.