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5/22/2018 7:26:00 AM
Trails, Campgrounds Closed at Park
UPDATE (May 29)
At Grandfather Mtn. State Park, the Nuwati and Cragway trails remain CLOSED until further notice due to hazardous conditions. All trails sustained extensive damage, are badly eroded, and have standing and moving water and more rain is expected the last few days of May. All surfaces are slick. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, The Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and The Refuge.

The Chimney Rock Park Access is closed until further notice, due to flash flooding and the instability of the upper parking lot, during the current adverse weather event. Rumbling Bald Climbing Access remains open for normal park hours.

Lake Norman State Park, the Itusi Trail is CLOSED due to rainy,wet, and muddy conditions. 

NC State Parks & Recreation Division

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation says two trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Avery, Watauga, and Caldwell counties are closed to visitors due to damage sustained from heavy rains last weekend. The park received 11 inches of rain in four days Thursday May 17th - Sunday May 20th and more rain is in the forecast this week.

Nuwati and Cragway trails remain closed until further notice due to hazardous conditions. Campsites accessed from Nuwati Trail are closed: Streamside, the Hermitage, Storyteller's Rock, and the Refuge.

Nuwati and Cragway trails will likely be closed for several weeks as state park crews continue to assess damage, repair eroded sections of trail, and clear debris from around trails.

All other trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park remain open but are also severely eroded and some have sections of steps washed out. In some places, there is standing or moving water on the trails and there are many slippery areas along the trails. Park officials ask that hikers take these factors into consideration when planning a trip to the park.

At this point, the annual Wildflower Walk scheduled for Saturday (May 26th) 4 - 7:30 PM is still on. It's scheduled to begin at the Profile Trail head, 4198 highway 105 south. Since more rain is in the forecast, before making the trip you may want ot call the park at 828-963-9522. The office is open 8 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday.

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