NC State Parks to reopen most trails and restrooms beginning May 9

By on May 8, 2020

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, trails, restrooms, swim beach at Roanoke Sound will open as of May 9. (Friends of Jockeys Ridge)

Currently closed state parks in North Carolina are set to reopen following a phased plan.

Please note that these dates and reopening timeline is subject to change at any time. Check our website and park pages or scroll below for more details regarding each park’s facilities.

  • Most trails and most restrooms will reopen on May 9.
  • Visitor centers, exhibits, meeting rooms, community buildings, picnic shelters, and retail areas will remain closed to enable staff to focus on cleaning restrooms and implementing social distancing on trails and other open areas.
  • No campgrounds will be open. Campgrounds are expected to open May 22. Group camps will not open until at least June 30.
  • No facility rentals will be available, including picnic shelters.
  • Please check park pages for park hours. Some parks may close early.
  • Parking will be limited to available spaces to keep parks under capacity. Overflow parking will not be allowed. Several parks will further limit parking capacity to allow for social distancing.

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Additional information

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial announce temporary closures of visitor centers. To minimize potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, visitor centers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
•Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.
•The Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s only year-round campground, is closed.
•The grounds of Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Lighthouses are open.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
•The grounds of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
•The grounds of Wright Brothers National Memorial are open. All indoor areas at Wright Brothers are closed.

The National Park Service continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The safety and health of our employees, partners, and visitors remain our top priority. For NPS COVID-19 updates, visit




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