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Park has reopened   

South Mountains State Park is now open. Please exercise caution during your visit as park staff work on clearing debris.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.

 

Sink gratefully into your sleeping bag after a day of hiking at South Mountains and fall asleep in the stillness of the forest.

 

Tent, trailer and RV camping

Drive-to family camping is available a half mile east of the Jacob Fork parking area.

Eighteen campsites include a picnic table and fire circle, and one site is wheelchair accessible. Two of those campsites have electric hookups for RVs. There is no dump station.

A bathhouse with hot showers and drinking water are located nearby.

If you do not have a reservation, please stop by the park office for availability.

 

Backpack camping

Twenty backpack camping sites are offered in six areas of the park.

These sites are designated on the park map, and hiking distances to each backpack camping site vary. Each camping area has a pit toilet located nearby.

All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least five minutes.

Below is a listing of the backpack campsites and the distance between the campsites and the Jacob Fork parking area.

  • Upper Falls Trail - 1.4 miles
  • Shinny Creek -1.2 miles
  • Sawtooth Trail - 2.5 miles
  • Jacob Branch - 3.8 miles
  • Fox Trail - 4.9 miles
  • Murray Branch - 5.4 miles

 

Equestrian camping

The equestrian camping area adjacent to the horse trailer parking area consists of 15 campsites, a 33-stall barn (nine stalls are 5'x10' and 23 stalls are 10'10) and a washhouse with hot showers and flush toilets.

Campers without reservations must confirm site availability with park staff before occupying a site. Only campers with horses can stay at the equestrian campsites. Proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test is required for horses using the barn.

 

NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify camp hosts for emergencies only.

Contact:

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly SpringsNC 28612
Phone828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.596300
Longitude: -81.600000

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