NC State Parks

Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock, NC - The Chimney Rock area of the state park is operated by a private contractor and is open throughout the year. Entry fees offset the cost of operating this popular tourist destination. Currently, Chimney Rock and the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access are the only public accesses within the greater Chimney Rock State Park. However, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will eventually develop other areas of the state park with more traditional park facilities and recreation. Office Phone: 828-625-1823 or 828-625-9945

Gorges State Park, Sapphire, NC - Waterfalls, gorges, elevation rises 2,000 feet in only three miles, one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique plant and animal species in eastern United States. Extensive hiking trails. Backpack camping, river and lake fishing, picnicking. Office Phone: 828-966-9099

Lake James State Park, Nebo, NC - Scenic vistas of surrounding Appalachian and Black mountains overlooking manmade 6,510-acre lake. Two boat ramp areas, canoe rentals, lake fishing and swimming. Twenty backpack campsites 150 to 300 yards from parking lot; showers. Picnic shelter, three miles of hiking trails, interpretive programs. Office Phone: 828-584-7728 or 828-584-7730

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, West Jefferson, NC - Panoramic views from scenic Blue Ridge mountaintop at 4,683-foot elevation. National natural landmark, unique plant communities. Picnic area with shelter, 1.3 miles of hiking trails, interpretive programs. Office Phone: 336-246-9653

Elk Knob State Park, Todd, NC - Currently in an interim development stage with a park office/contact station, a maintenance facility, picnic area, parking areas, a trail to the summit of Elk Knob, and backcountry camping areas. At this time, visitors can hike to the summit by following a newly constructed trail 1.9 miles to the summit. Office phone: 828-297-7261

Grandfather Mountain State Park, Linville, NC - In early 2009, the NC General Assembly formally authorized Grandfather Mountain State Park after an earlier agreement allowing the state parks system to acquire 2,456 acres along the crest of Grandfather Mountain. The Grandfather Mountain attraction continues to operate as it has since the 1950s, alongside the new state park - but under continued private management. Activities include: backpack camping & hiking. This state park does not have any facilities that can be reserved. Office phone: 828-963-9522

Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville, NC - Highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet, views up to 100 miles, North Carolina’s first state park. Nine tent campsites, 11 miles of hiking trails. Trailheads for hikers, backpackers, equestrians using trail system on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands. Exhibit hall, gift shop interpretive programs. Two picnic shelters, restaurant. Office Phone: 828-675-4611

New River State Park, Laurel Springs, NC - Believed to be the oldest river in North America, canoeing past scenic rock outcrops, farmlands, woodlands; 26.5-mile segment designated National Wild and Scenic River. More than 30 canoe-in tent campsites, many within hiking distance of parking lots. Canoe access, river fishing, picnic shelter, community building. Nearly five miles of hiking trails, interpretive programs. Office Phone: 336-982-2587

South Mountains State Park, Connelly Springs, NC - Rock outcroppings up to 3,000 feet, 80-foot waterfall. More than 40 miles of hiking trails, including 29 miles of bridle trails and 18-mile bicycling trail. Eleven tent campsites, 20 backpack campsites, four group backpack campsites, 15 equestrian campsites with 37-stall barn. Stream fishing, picnic shelter, interpretive programs. Office Phone: 828-433-4772 or 828-433-4686

Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC - Rock dome rising 700 feet above valley floor, waterfalls, Blue Ridge Mountain overlooks. Historic sites, exhibits, interpretive programs. Nearly 40 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, showers, dump station; six backpack campsites; five group tent campsites. Two picnic shelters, more than 12 miles of hiking trails, including six-mile bridle trail. Rock climbing, stream fishing. Office Phone: 336-957-8185

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