State Park Visitors Urged to Plan Ahead
Mount Mitchell State Park Overlook
Photo courtesy of VisitNC/Chip Henderson
Due to increased visitation to North Carolina State Parks this year, the Division of Parks and Recreation asks visitors to use the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience over the summer weekends and holidays.
When visiting swim beaches or day use areas:
- Carpool with friends and family whenever possible. This will help alleviate overflowing parking areas where available spaces are limited.
- Arrive with all the essential items that you need for your visit. Once you park, it will be difficult to leave the park for supplies without losing your parking space. Re-entry to the park is not guaranteed.
- Arrive early (before 10 a.m.) or later in the day (after 4 p.m.) to avoid traffic and parking closures due to full lots.
- Do not slow down, stop, or park on park roads or near park entrances. Rangers must keep traffic flowing to prevent accidents.
- Be patient — park rangers appreciate your cooperation while working to keep you and your family safe.
- Watch your children at all times to ensure they are in safe areas and follow all park rules.
- As a reminder, alcoholic beverages are not permitted on North Carolina State Park properties. This includes beaches and picnic areas.
Parks staff encourage those planning a visit to review park rules to minimize inconvenience and maximize enjoyment
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 231,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 18 million visitors annually.
Source: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources