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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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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.


Make your mark at the park in a positive way. Join park staff at Clear Creek Access to help build a new trail around the lake! Volunteers must contact the park office in advance by email or phone for planning purposes. Tools and equipment will be provided by park staff. Contact Ranger Leigh Ann Angle or Ranger Mark Sain for more information and to confirm attendance. or or call park visitor center at 828-433-4772

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, South Mountains State Park (Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC)

Family fun and a naturally good time await you at South Mountains State Park!  Join us from 11:00-3:00 for the 16th Annual Nature Day at the park and celebrate the Year of the Fish with NC State Parks' 2017 Park of the Year.  A variety of nature and outdoor programs, exhibits and hikes are scheduled for your enjoyment. Don't miss the Sssnakes of NC with Grover Barfield and learn about what to do when you find an injured wild animal from certified wildlife rehabilitator Michelle Ray.  Kids activies include making animal tracks and lots of other fun nature related things!  Music will be provided by Heartstrings at 12pm and Wiregrass at 1:30pm at the picnic shelter. Food and beverages will be available for purchase near the picnic shelter by South Mountains Fire Department Ladies Auxillary.  Sponsored by Friends of South Mountains State Park.  Contact the park office for more information at (828) 433-4772.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center and Jacob Fork parking area

What items should you always carry with you when hiking?  Meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center at 11:00 am to learn about the "10 Essentials".  

Date of Event:
Repeats every month until Sat Oct 06 2018.
Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:00am, Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for an easy walk to learn more about the Jacob Fork River.  We’ll talk about watersheds, common plants and animals, and water quality.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am.   

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on the second Saturday until Sat Oct 13 2018.
Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a Park Ranger to learn about the many animals that call South Mountains home. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on the third Saturday until Sat Oct 20 2018.
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:00am, Sat, 10/20/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly SpringsNC 28612
Latitude: 35.596300
Longitude: -81.600000

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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