COVID-19 Recreation Resources

Beach Access & Other Travel Destinations

Travelers should check with local governments to determine whether restrictions are in place (e.g., beach access, short-term rentals and hotels, visitor centers) and to contact lodging establishments directly for their most up-to-date information.

VisitNC Travel Advisory

Hunting, Fishing & Boating

Closings, cancellations and postponements related to hunting, fishing, boating and other wildlife-associated activities from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Latest on Wildlife Recreation

North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina state parks and recreation areas, as well as trails, visitor centers and park offices are open. Masks are required to enter buildings. Picnic shelters and group campsites that accommodate less than 50 people are open. Most trails, restrooms, playgrounds, campgrounds and several boat ramps are open. Visit the North Carolina State Parks website for the open/closed status of individual parks and recreation areas.

Because state parks have been experiencing record visitation numbers, consider visiting earlier in the day or on a weekday to avoid crowds.

Latest on State Parks

North Carolina Historic Sites

State historic sites are open to visitors. Visitor centers and historic buildings are limited to 50% capacity, with masks required for entry. Find the latest about individual sites as well as other important information.

Latest on Historic Sites

North Carolina Zoo

Outdoor exhibits at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro are open for visitors. Indoor habitats and seasonal attractions are closed. Outside dining is available.

Reservations/advance tickets are required for entry. Visit for tickets and more information.

North Carolina Zoo


Parks & Trails for Health

Get on the PATH to health and wellbeing! Learn more about Parks and Trails for Health (PATH) and get links to suggested activities at state parks, historic sites, museums and the zoo.


NC Learn

NCLearn is a gathering place for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ online content and educational resources for teachers, students, parents and anyone needing enriching experiences, regardless of their location.

The site includes lesson plans, educator resources, State Library and State Archives collections, virtual assistance from state librarians and educators and offerings from the state’s natural and cultural institutions.

Virtual visits to the zoo, aquariums, state museums and more are also available.