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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
STATEWIDE BURN BAN IN EFFECT-NO OPEN FIRES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE   

Starting at 5pm on Monday, November 29th, no open flames and/or charcoal fires, including camp fires. They are prohibited at all North Carolina State Parks until the statewide burn ban is lifted. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 29, 2021

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

Clear Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Trail    

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: Monday, August 30, 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
     

 

 

 

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
 

Picnic shelters and parking

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.

 

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, all backcountry campers must stop at the visitor center to register all vehicle license plate numbers before going to their campsite and 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.

 


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28612 Connelly Springs, NC