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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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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

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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
     

 

 

 

Gallery
 

Waterfall Safety at South Mountains State Park

June 30, 2021

Learn about the best practices to keep you and others safe while visiting the beautiful waterfalls at South Mountains State Park. Special thanks to Ranger Amanda for coordinating and starring in the video and to John Simmons for photography, videography, direction, and editing.

 


UNC-TV: Fire brings new life to South Mountains State Park

February 14, 2019

More than two years after a large fire, plants at South Mountains State Park are thriving.

From the UNC School of Media & Journalism

Producer: Rob Gourley
Associate Producer: Kara Kochek
Scriptwriter and Narrator: Minali Nigam
Cameras/Video Editors: Rob Gourley and Bob Gunter
Executive Producer: Dr. Tom Linden

Photographs courtesy of Ranger Amanda Lasley of South Mountains
Additional video courtesy of Rahima Rahi

 


Into the river: A field trip to South Mountains State Park

May 9, 2014

Middle school field trip to a stream at North Carolina's South Mountains State Park