Eight eastern state parks will be closed to camping Friday night and Saturday night.

They are: Hammocks Beach (also closing Thursday and Sunday nights), Lumber River, Jones Lake, Lake Waccamaw, Carolina Beach, Pettigrew, Merchants Millpond and Goose Creek.

The affected state parks remain open for day use visitors only.

Be aware that state parks, particularly those east of I-95 could close on short notice depending on the path of Hurricane Irene.

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.



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