South Mountains State Park re-opened on January 1st to the public following the Chestnut Knob Fire.
Chestnut Knob and Shinny trails will remain closed for an indefinite period of time until a more thorough assessment can be done. Visitors will not be allowed to access either trail, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and for helping park rangers keep everyone's visit safe and enjoyable by observing these trail closures.
Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:49am
Campers registering for Sawtooth Backcountry campsites will need to plan for a 3.7mile hike beginning on Little River Trail, continuing on Upper CCC Trail and then turning onto Sawtooth Trail. Please take this extra mileage into consideration when planning your trip. Chestnut Knob Trail is and will continue to be closed for an indefinite amount of time due to extreme tread damage and safety concerns. Park staff are currently planning to reroute sections of Chestnut Knob Trail. Chestnut Knob Overlook is still open from Sawtooth Trail.Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 8:27am
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
The park has many miles of streams where an angler can cast a line. Most of the streams are classified as wild trout water while approximately two miles are classified as delayed harvest trout water. While general trout regulations apply in this area for part of the year, only single hook artificial lures can be used from October through the first Friday in June, and every fish caught must be released. A special license is needed for trout fishing, and all rules and regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.
South Mountains State Park is one of the few parks in the state parks system offering mountain bicyclists the chance to ride through the park. The 17-mile loop trail is strenuous, so riders should be in good shape before attempting it. See Trails for more information.
There are 33 miles of equestrian trails at South Mountains State Park. See Trails and Camping for more information. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.
Dining in the out-of-doors is a special treat at South Mountains State Park. The Jacob's Fork picnic area is adjacent to the Jacob Fork parking area and is accessible for persons with disabilities. Facilities include 12 tables, two grills and a restroom.
The Shinny Creek picnic area is less than a half mile from the Jacob Fork parking area. Four tables and three grills. A 10-table picnic shelter with fireplace and two charcoal grills are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reservations are made.
South Mountains State Park
Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
December, January and February 7pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day