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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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RE-OPENED AS OF JANUARY 1ST    

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
Sawtooth Backcountry Hike In Due to Chestnut Knob trail closure   

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
Events and Programs

South Mountains State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 29 2017 .
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:00am, Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:00am, Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:00am, Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:00am, Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a Park Ranger for a 1.0 mile hike along the Hemlock Nature Trail.  Tree identification will be the focus of this hike. 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Wilderness Survival 101 will cover basic survival information as covered in the Boy Scouts of America handbook. Topics covered will include basic first aid, shelter and others based on class interest and instructor discretion. Program will be presented by park volunteer, Jeff Newton, who also teaches Fly Fishing 101 and has a great deal of experience in the outdoors. Program is free and open to the public.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm. 
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Get Hooked! Join angler Jeff Newton at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm for an introductory class on fly tying.  Please bring all personal equipment available.  Classes may vary based on interest and skill level of the participants.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Apr 09 2017 .
Sun, 04/02/2017 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Apr 30 2017 .
Sun, 04/02/2017 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/09/2017 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/16/2017 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/23/2017 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/30/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area
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

Park Hours:

Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
Closing Hours
December, January and February 7pm
November 8pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day