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    Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.

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    North Carolina's coastal rivers and sounds offer great year-round angling for a variety of fish including speckled trout.
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    This April music festival in Wilkesboro has hosted artists including The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Zac Brown Band and more.
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    In the southern corner of our coast, enjoy six sun-drenched beaches on five barrier islands, family fun, golf, fishing, lighthouses and more.

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    See how North Carolina offers a higher level of play with its natural beauty and meticulously maintained courses.

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North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina State Parks

With 32 state parks and recreation areas to visit, you’re never far from stargazing, fishing, camping, horseback riding and rock climbing.

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Cradle of 'Cue

Cradle of 'Cue

North Carolina, long the world’s premiere bastion of barbecue, celebrates its heritage and diversity with a map of some of state’s perfect pits.

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From one-day jaunts to weeklong adventures, these trip ideas will inspire families, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway

This 45-minute drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is often compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway because of its scenic natural landscapes.

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