Thursday, July 3, 2014 —
RALEIGH – Seven state parks in coastal North Carolina are closing early today and will remain closed until the passage of Hurricane Arthur and any damage has been assessed, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Campgrounds have been cleared of visitors at the four coastal state parks that maintain campgrounds.
Carolina Beach, Fort Macon, Hammocks Beach, Goose Creek, Jockey’s Ridge and Pettigrew state parks will be closed at 5 p.m. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area were to close at 2 p.m. Campgrounds have been closed at Carolina Beach, Hammocks Beach, Goose Creek and Pettigrew state parks. Visitors with reservations can apply for refunds through the parks’ reservations provider Active Network. Swimming was suspended at Hammocks Beach and Fort Fisher because of the danger of rip currents.
Immediately after severe weather subsides, park personnel will survey the parks for damage and unsafe conditions and reopen the parks as quickly as possible. Regular updates on the status of individual parks can be found at www.ncparks.gov.