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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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Now Hiring - Seasonal General Utility Worker   

South Mountains State Park is hiring for the summer!
Position: General Utility Worker.

Work includes facility and grounds management, including but not limited to, cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance, visitor assistance and assisting park staff in other necessary park operations.

This position is 40 hours a week, up to 6 months. Weekend and holiday work is required. Some evening shifts are required. Pay is $12/hour.
Must be 18+ and have a valid driver's license.

If interested, complete the NC PD-107 Paper Application for Employment and email to south.mountains@ncparks.gov or mail to the park at 3001 South Mountains State Park Ave, Connelly Springs, NC 28612.

Please call the office at 828-433-4772 with any further questions.
 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Park Updates and Trail Status   

PARK UPDATES
Weekend Visitation:

Spring brings more people out to enjoy the park. Expect up to a 30min delay between 11am and 2pm on Sat/Sun at the Jacob Fork Access. Once parking areas fill to capacity, rangers may direct traffic for visitor safety. 
CURRENTLY, THE FAMILY CAMPGROUND IS FULL EVERY WEEKEND APRIL-JULY 2022. Campsites, particularly in the Family Campground, are often reserved many weeks in advance. The park doesn't have any "first-come" or "walk-in" sites. Please plan ahead to stay in this popular park. Cancellations may create an opening, so check the website frequently.

TRAILS
Clear Creek Access:

Lakeview Trail includes at least one creek crossing that is difficult to cross safely without getting your feet wet during or immediately following heavy rain. Please plan ahead.

 Last updated on: Sunday, April 10, 2022

Cash Only Sales   

Our credit card machine is down indefinitely and we are only able to do cash sales at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 Last updated on: Friday, November 5, 2021

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


Map of North Carolina – South Mountains State Park


Contact the park
 

828-433-4772

south.mountains@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Jacob Fork access
and visitor center

3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

GPS: 35.5963, -81.6000

 

Clear Creek access
(day-use only)

5999 Branstrom Orchard St.
Morganton, NC 28655

GPS: 35.6424, -81.7524
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Additional information


There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

 

Camping rates per night

Permits and fees are required to camp overnight. Please visit the visitor center prior to hiking to your campsite to fill out the permit and pay the fees. A kiosk outside the visitor center allows campers to register and pay the fees if they arrive when the visitor center is closed.
 

Campsite type

Nightly rate

RV campsite
with electric hookup

$31

Tent/trailer campsite
no RV hookup

$26

Backpacking campsite
(primitive backcountry)

$15

Equestrian campsite

$26

Horse stall
5 feet by 10 feet

$12

Horse stall
10 feet by 10 feet

$17

 

all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee

 

Horseback riding

All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks. There are no horse rentals available in the park.

 

Fishing

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.

 

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Please note: When reserving a picnic shelter for an event, please note that parking spaces are not reserved for event attendees and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, along with all other visitors. On weekends, the parking areas reach capacity often, and when the parking areas are full, all incoming traffic for day-use visitors, including picnic shelter reservations, will be delayed or turned away. Please plan accordingly.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.