Your safety is very important to us. In order to fully enjoy your visit, there are a few suggestions we ask you keep in mind:
Weather conditions can change quickly, especially during the summer as afternoon thunderstorms are common during this time of the year.
Always use a good sunblock when walking the trails during the spring and summer months. A brimmed hat can protect your nose, ears, and neck from the sun.
Be especially careful on cloudy days: you can still burn as the sun filters through the clouds.
Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke: To avoid getting sick from the heat--drink plenty of water, avoid the noontime sun, and do not overexert yourself.
Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; and cold, pale, clammy skin. Common symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature; hot, dry skin; and strong, rapid pulse. Victims should be removed from the sun and cooled off with wet washcloths. Victims of heat stroke need immediate medical attention.
More heat safety information is available on NOAA's heat webpage.
If possible, always carry a cell phone. Reminder, Moores Creek National Battlefield is located in a rural area of Southeast North Carolina and not all cell providers have service within the park.
Please do not play on cannons; they can be dangerous. Visitors can fall off the cannons, or pinch their fingers on moving parts. In addition, red wasp sometimes make their nest just underneath the carriage and could potentially sting visitors if provoked.
Explosives, fireworks, swords, machetes, paintball guns and other combat type weapons are not permitted at any time. Due to changes in Federal law, some concealed weapons are now permitted in certain areas of the park.
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
STAY ALERT at all times!
If you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.
Hunting is NEVER permitted.
Resist the urge to pick up any snakes you may see along the roadway or trails. Copperheads, water moccasins, and rattlesnakes are poisonous and inhabit many areas of the park.
Please do not attempt to approach or feed wildlife. Even though wild animals seem docile from a distance they can be dangerous if approached.
Obey all traffic laws within the park. Constantly watch for wildlife crossing the roadway, they tend not to watch for you.
Seatbelts are to be worn at all times.
ALL state and federal traffic laws are applicable on park roadways and parking lots.
Motorcycle operators and riders must have helmet on while the bike is in motion.
Share the road with all road users.
Follow Traffic Safety precautions.
Pick up a map or brochure before venturing into the Battlefield and on to the trails. We have two trails totaling one mile. Trail conditions can vary from smooth flat surfaces along a rubberized trail, and a boardwalk, to broken rocky conditions along the parks causeway leading the park’s reconstructed colonial bridge.
Hike only along marked trails.
Visitation to the park should be conducted only during the posted operating hours. This ensures we know you are here and can more readily provide assistance should there be an emergency.
Always know where you are in the park. In case of an emergency, this will expedite response time.
Wearing headphones makes the run/walk more enjoyable but lessens your ability to hear what is going on around you.
Always keep your pet on a leash securely to you in some way. This is for your safety, the safety of your pet, park visitors and wildlife.
Letting pets run loose in the woods may disturb poisonous snakes and wildlife who may not approve of the intrusion.
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Last updated: December 14, 2019