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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Gorges State Park Campground to Temporarily Close

The campground at Gorges State Park will be closed through at least November 16 due to black bear activity in the area.
Sapphire, N.C.
Nov 2, 2023

The campground at Gorges State Park in Transylvania County will be temporarily closed beginning Nov. 2 due to black bear activity in the area. The campground will remain closed for the next two weeks.

Campground reservations during this time will be canceled and refunds will be issued to reservation holders.

The park remains open to visitors.

Park visitors should follow safety measures including not hiking alone, making sure pets are leashed at all times, and securely packing out or disposing of all trash and food. For more information on bear encounters, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's BearWise page:

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About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina — its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the North Carolina Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, visit

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