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Park Hours

Crowders Mountain State Park is open year round, but with shorter operating hours during months with less daylight (below). Office hours are 8 AM - 5 PM daily. The main office is closed on state holidays.

NovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruary 8 AM - 6 PM (closed Christmas Day)

MarchOctober 8 AM - 7 PM

AprilMaySeptember 8 AM - 8 PM

JuneJulyAugust 8 AM - 9 PM















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Rules and Regulations

The Timber Rattlesnake

One of three members of the rattlesnake family found in North Carolina and one of two species of venomous snakes commonly found at Crowders Mountain State Park, the second being the Copperhead. Timber rattlesnakes are so named for the woodland habitats they prefer. They reach an average length of 36 to 72 inches, have dark blotches and wavy crossbands. If you see a snake with bright yellow, orange, or red on its body, you did NOT see a Timber Rattlesnake.

We are proud to have the Timber Rattlesnake present at the park not only because of its important role as a rodent predator, but also as an example of how Crowders Mountain is related to the mountains of western North Carolina where it is more common. The Timber Rattlesnake tends to shy from human activity remaining hidden in the forest. Some rangers who have worked in the Park for years have never seen one.

What should you do if you see a rattlesnake? When discovered, Timber Rattlesnakes usually remain still to hide or may attempt to escape. Although they are extremely venomous, they prefer to be left alone but will defend themselves when threatened. Just remember, give them plenty of room and enjoy the fact that you are very lucky to see one. All plants and animals in the park are protected and are not to be harmed, including the Timber Rattlesnake!

::: Timber Rattlesnake

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