* Our visitor center will remain closed for now. Please refer to our website first for generic information. For important calls only, please call 919-571-4170 or 919-218-2809. All camping facilities remain CLOSED. There are no boat rentals.
Important Information Before Visiting:
1. Bring WATER! There are no water fountains, and it is VERY HOT, please bring enough water to drink.
2. Bring a MAP! You can print maps online before you come to the park or pick one up at our Visitor Center or trail Kiosks. We have over 30 MILES of trails in the park and many trails are not loop trails so please bring a map and plan your hike. Pay special attenton to the distance and difficulty rating of the trails you will be on.
3. Gates lock at 9:00pm. Please plan your visit so you are able to leave before the gates lock.
Park hours will be 8:00am to 9:00pm on both sides of the park. *On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Reedy Creek entrance at Harrison Avenue and I-40 will open at 7:00am. The Crabtree entrance at Glenwood Avenue will open at 8:00am seven days a week. Entry before or after operating hours is trespassing.
*IMPORTANT: The park will close when full and no cars will be allowed to enter until more parking becomes available. As one vehicle leaves the park, the next vehicle in line will be allowed to enter.
4. We are opening trails and restrooms to provide fresh air and exercise during this difficult time. Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park, without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area. This is not the time to “hang out” at the park.
5. The horse parking area is OPEN. The visitor center is closed so please keep a copy of your horse's Coggins report in your vehicle, horse trailers are not required to stop at the visitor center.
6. Please bring hand sanitizer and go to the bathroom before coming to the park. Restrooms will be open, but we have limited supplies of toilet paper and soap, so please conserve.
7. Please follow all current state guidelines on social distancing and gatherings. Visitors should maintain a social distance, including on trails — move aside for people to pass.
8. Visitors should wear a face covering, like a bandana or a mask, that allows them to breathe easily on the trail without spreading as many germs.
9. If you are hiking in a group, walk single file when you are passing someone on a trail.
*Special Message: We are still operating the park on a limited opening capacity to allow people to visit and enjoy the park and the outdoors while also adjusting operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations should still be followed. Please keep proper social distance, allow room for others to pass, and avoid gathering in groups.
Please also respect park staff who have been given specific operational guidelines for cleaning and social distancing requirements for their safety and to reduce the potential spread of infection.
*Visitor behavior is IMPERATIVE to create conditions that will allow us to keep our parks open. Failure to respect these guidelines could cause parks to be closed and may impact additional park facilities from reopening.*Last updated on: Friday, July 3, 2020
Important Information: The park will close when parking is full and no cars will be allowed to enter until more parking becomes available. As one vehicle leaves the park, we will allow the next vehicle waiting to enter.
Due to the Govenors extention to phase 2 we have cancelled all reservations till July 20th. Once we get further information we will update when we will open.Last updated on: Monday, June 29, 2020
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502
8801 Glenwood Ave. entrance
2100 N. Harrison Ave. entrance
Tent and trailer family campground open
April 1 to October 31
Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.
Ranger Jess and Ranger Crystal interview Dwayne Patterson, the director of the North Carolina State Parks.
Ranger Crystal travels to Yates Mill, a Wake County park, to help Ranger Rebeccah get things lined up for the annual Den Owners Association meeting. Listen in as they hike and canoe around Yates Mill, and chat with everyone from otters to toads and squirrels to grumpy ole Walter the groundhog. You will learn some interesting facts about many of the Yates Mill residents and concerns of den dwellers.
We sit down with Dr. Kammerer from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and explore what prehistoric mammals roamed North Carolina BEFORE the age of dinosaurs.
Yay! Another episode with Lydia Pagel from Franklin Mountain State Park in El Paso, Texas. In this episode, Ranger Jess gets to tap into her inner 7-year-old and ask Ranger Lydia Pagel, "What's that? What's this?" all the way up the mountain. We find out how Franklin Mountain State Park is like our very own Mount Mitchell State Park, how some of the different flora you will find on this mountain compares to ones on our mountains, and how little herds of tiny hippo-related mammals inhabit Franklin Mountain as their home.