Gorges State Park

Trails Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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Bike & Bridle Trails

Open

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Gorges State Park

Located in Transylvania County near the tripoint where North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia meet, Gorges State Park sports plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, and sheer rock precipices. Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of the park, from backpacking to horseback riding. This park located in the Blue Ridge Escarpment spans over 8,000 acres of temperate rainforest and hosts extraordinary biodiversity. The park features 26 waterfalls, the northern boundary of Lake Jocassee, and a portion of the 70-mile Foothills Trail.

Camping

  • Camper cabins
  • Tent sites (including backpacking)
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups)
  • Showers
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (56 miles)
  • Biking (17 miles)
  • Horseback riding (12 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits

Plan Your Visit

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Address

976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, NC 28774

GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510

Current Weather

28774 Sapphire, NC

Address

Frozen Creek Road, Brevard, NC 28712

GPS: 35.1086, -82.8837

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28712 Brevard, NC

Park Hours

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Hours

January 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
February 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Month

Hours

January 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
February 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Education

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Photo Gallery

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Top: Ted's Falls on Auger Hole Trail, K. Bischof

Gallery: Upper Bearwallow Falls, K. Bischof  |  Zebra, tiger, and spicebush swallowtails and a duskywing, K. Bischof  |  Wintergreen Falls, K. Bischof  |  Fall color along park road, L. Johnson  |  Rainbow Falls (in Pisgah National Forest, trail to falls starts at Gorges), M. Kane