Eight N.C. Parks Closing as Irene Aims for Coast
Campgrounds at eight state parks in eastern North Carolina will close this weekend in anticipation of the passage of Hurricane Irene, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
A hurricane watch was issued early today (Aug. 25) for much of the North Carolina coast including the Outer Banks. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.
The Cape Fear Business News reported that all camping facilities will close on Friday and Saturday nights at Lumber River, Jones Lake, Lake Waccamaw, Carolina Beach, Pettigrew, Merchants Millpond and Goose Creek state parks. In addition, primitive campsites on Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park will remain closed today through Sunday night. Visitors with reservations at those campgrounds are being notified of the closures.
The affected state parks remain open for day use visitors only. However, state parks throughout eastern North Carolina could close on short notice depending on the anticipated path of the storm.
Updates about park and facility closings are posted on the state parks system’s website at www.ncparks.gov and through its Twitter feed, @NCparks.