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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
Current status of park facilities   

The park is open daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm.

The visitor center is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Picnic areas are open with tables spread out for social distancing and grills are open. Picnic shelters and the amphitheater are not available to reserve.

The family campground, equestrian campground, and backcountry campsites are open. There is no group camping permitted at South Mountains. Only six people or less per site.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CAMPSITES. All campers, including backpackers, must make a reservation through the system online or by phone (1-877-722-6762). There are no walk-ins. Campers can make same-day reservations up until 9:00pm on the day of your arrival. You must make a reservation before setting up camp on a campsite. You cannot place your personal belongings on a site to "reserve" the site for you. When you arrive for your reservation, use the free Wi-Fi near the visitor center to self-check-in using the Reserve America Camping App.

Weekend delays: Visitors should expect park entrance delays from 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekends. You may encounter a 30-minute to 1-hour wait time to get into Jacob Fork access. Parking is limited and some spaces are coned off to meet maximum occupancy recommendations. Visitors will be directed to other parking areas once the High Shoals Falls trailhead parking is full. Vehicles will be stopped near the park entrance gate, and traffic into the park will be controlled by park rangers for visitor safety and for emergency access. Plan ahead and limit the number of vehicles you take to the park. Maps are available at the visitor center and trailhead kiosks.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020

Clear Creek Reservoir    

The water level at Clear Creek Reservoir has been lowered to perform maintenance. Fishing and boating access may be affected by the low water levels as the current shoreline is muddy and rocky. 

 Last updated on: Sunday, October 4, 2020

WEEKEND PARKING - Expect Delayed Entry   

South Mountains State Park now routinely reaches capacity by 10 a.m. on weekends. Expect to wait 30 minutes to 1 hour to enter the park once the Jacob Fork parking area is full. Please note that delays may be longer as we move into fall leaf season. Park staff will be monitoring and controlling traffic. Roadside parking is PROHIBITED.

Weekdays are the best time to visit. If you must visit on the weekend, please try to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid long wait times.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612

828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.5963, -81.600

 

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

South Mountains State Park

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. A true backcountry experience is offered at 24 backpacking campsites at seven locations. Equestrian camping is available with trailer parking and barn to complement 33 miles of bridle trails. Mountain bikers enjoy a strenuous 17-mile loop. Drive-to campsites sit beside the Jacob Fork River, with the river and its tributaries offering miles of trout fishing. There are two picnic areas and a picnic shelter for groups. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits on the cultural and natural history of the South Mountains.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite or facility online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Notices and alerts
 

Now hiring

South Mountains State Park is now accepting applications for a seasonal General Utility Worker.

 

Camping

Please note that fees and permits are required for all overnight stays, including backcountry camping.

Backcountry campers must make a reservation online or by calling 1-877-722-6762 before setting up at a campsite. Campers can make same-day reservations up until 9:00pm the day of your arrival. Upon arrival, use the self-check-in through the Reserve America Camping App.

 

Caution in waterfall areas

Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.