North Carolina State Parks to standardize check-in, check-out times

Published 4:32 pm Friday, December 22, 2023

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Beginning June 15, 2024, most campsites in the North Carolina state parks system will have a check-in time of 3 p.m. and a check-out time of 12 p.m., the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced.

The new hours apply to tent, trailer and/or RV campsites, group campsites, equestrian campsites, paddle-in campsites, walk-in campsites, backpacking campsites and camper cabins.

The only exceptions to these hours are the overnight facilities at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center at Haw River State Park and the vacation cabins at Hanging Rock and Morrow Mountain state parks.

State parks currently have varied check-in and check-out times, depending on the park.

“We are looking to implement this change across state parks for consistency and an improved camping experience,” said Kathy Capps, deputy director of operations for the division. “Many of our campers expressed concerns that the current system is confusing and makes travel planning difficult. In the winter months, they are also finding that they often have to set up their campsites in the dark. The change will also allow park staff to develop a consistent cleaning schedule for all campsites.”