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Waterfall on Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park
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High Shoals Falls Trail Closed June 14-18   

Due to trail construction, the trail to High Shoals Falls will be closed from Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18. Trail will be open again Saturday, June 19. High Shoals Falls will remain accessible from the backside daily. Trail crews and equipment will be present on the trail, which will make the trail unsafe for the general public. Contact park office with questions.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 14, 2021

Clear Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Trail    

The water level at Clear Creek Reservoir has been lowered to perform maintenance. Fishing and boating access may be affected through July 2021 by the low water levels as the current shoreline is muddy and rocky. 

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: Wednesday, April 14, 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
     

 

 

 

Gallery

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