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Trail Closure   

Cedar Ridge trail on the multi-use trail system will be closed for construction.  We are improving and rerouting sections of the trail to bring it up to current trail standards.  During this closure, please do not use the trail as there will be contractors working with heavy equipment and unsafe conditions.  Visitors should also be aware of dump truck traffic on the multi-use trail delivering materials during construction.  The work is expected to take approximately 60 days depending on weather.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Boat Rental Hours Change   

Beginning on June 24, the boat rental hours will be from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fees/FAQs/Rules

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Boating

Boat rentals are available from April 1 to October 31 through the visitor center. Boat rentals are $7 per boat (cash, check or credit card). Rental hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boats are not available for rental after 3 p.m. and all boats must be returned by 4:15 p.m.

  • Individuals must be at least 16 years old to rent a boat, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Private hand-powered boats are permitted on Big Lake.
  • Gasoline motors are not permitted.
  • Electric trolling motors are allowed.
  • Pets are not permitted in boats.

Notice: Paddleboards are allowed, but paddleboarders need to be aware that rocks, glass and other unknown debris may be present on lake bottom, so protective footwear is recommended. Paddle at your own risk! Lifejackets are required for all watercraft.

Fishing

Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.


8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

919-571-4170
william.umstead@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

8801 Glenwood Ave. entrance
 

  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
The gate at Crabtree Creek opens at 7 a.m. daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system.
 

2100 N. Harrison Ave. entrance
 

  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
VISITOR CENTER:
  • 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:
  • 9:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Tent and trailer family campground open
April 1 to November 1
 

  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
Campers: Please note that once the campground gates close, they are locked until the park reopens the following day. There will be no entry or exit permitted, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.