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Old 08-17-2022, 10:20 AM   #1
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Update to NC's "No Alcohol" policy in state parks

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This is an update and an FYI for anyone who enjoys a libation and plans to camp in an NC state park. This is not intended to provoke another moralistic and philosophic argument about how strictly one should follow laws and rules and such, for which the original was shut down by moderators. (That was not my intent there either.)

As I've booked and then modified my two reservations in NC state parks for this year, at every step of the way (website, email confirmation, modifications by phone) I've read or heard "no alcohol." Period. But at South Mountains State Park, from which I returned yesterday, their printed park brochure/trail map adds a qualification: no alcohol except at individual campsites. [Emphasis mine] So we imbibed guilt- and worry-free.

Meanwhile, I did something I should have done before posting the original thread: searched Google. From www.ncparks.gov/alcohol-restrictions:
"As of November 1, 2021, N.C. state park campgrounds will allow alcohol in individual campsites, camper cabins, and vacation cabins. State recreation area campgrounds operated under leases with the federal government (Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake) will not allow alcohol at this time. Alcohol remains prohibited on group campsites and group cabins at all state parks at this time."
NC Parks should be more consistent with their messaging on the topic.
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:27 AM   #2
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NC Parks should be more consistent with their messaging on the topic.
Maybe contact the NC Park service with that message vs. telling us?
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Old 08-19-2022, 09:18 AM   #3
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Re. this thread ...

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...ks-253665.html

This is an update and an FYI for anyone who enjoys a libation and plans to camp in an NC state park. This is not intended to provoke another moralistic and philosophic argument about how strictly one should follow laws and rules and such, for which the original was shut down by moderators. (That was not my intent there either.)

As I've booked and then modified my two reservations in NC state parks for this year, at every step of the way (website, email confirmation, modifications by phone) I've read or heard "no alcohol." Period. But at South Mountains State Park, from which I returned yesterday, their printed park brochure/trail map adds a qualification: no alcohol except at individual campsites. [Emphasis mine] So we imbibed guilt- and worry-free.

Meanwhile, I did something I should have done before posting the original thread: searched Google. From www.ncparks.gov/alcohol-restrictions:
"As of November 1, 2021, N.C. state park campgrounds will allow alcohol in individual campsites, camper cabins, and vacation cabins. State recreation area campgrounds operated under leases with the federal government (Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Kerr Lake) will not allow alcohol at this time. Alcohol remains prohibited on group campsites and group cabins at all state parks at this time."

I appreciate the update. As a newcomer to NC, I see this as a common sense policy. NC cannot unilaterally change the terms of the federal leases on the former COE campgrounds at the 3 lakes. Although I kind of wish the COE had kept the campgrounds and their Senior Pass prices.

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Old 08-19-2022, 10:28 AM   #4
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Its a joke all the COE here in GA state no Alcohol allowed well go to the dumpster throw your trash in and boy you sure see lot of empty beer boxes. Later RJD
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:19 AM   #5
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No alcohol

Here in TN, the law says no alcohol in any state park which also includes most lakes and rivers.

Usually, this is not strongly enforced unless there is reason to do so such as outwardly public intoxication, disturbing the peace complaint, an accident where alcohol is a contributor, etc. The result is the most likely loss of one's driver's license just as in an automobile issue. Many do not realize they are tied together. (New law.) And along with that goes suspensions, fines, and a bit of jail time.

Oh by the way the TWRA a.k.a. game wardens, have more law enforcement authority than any other law enforcement agency in the state.

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Maybe contact the NC Park service with that message vs. telling us?
Hey, I am glad to know about the different policies from State to State.
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