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A weekend is all it takes to explore protected parks, forests, waterways and seashores throughout North Carolina. And there’s never been a better time than now - the 100th anniversary of our 14 national and 41 state parks - to visit. Take time to discover Western North Carolina, which boasts Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, two of the most-visited attractions in the National Park System. Climb America’s Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, the first national seashore. Then visit Jockey's Ridge State Park, home of the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast and where hang gliding is a way of life. And if you’re looking to camp, kayak, hike, fish, picnic and more, North Carolina is also home to four national forests and more than 40 state parks. So get out there this weekend and enjoy the very best our state has to offer.
Discover more about state and national parks in North Carolina: Project 543 | State Parks Blog | Friends of State Parks | Find Your Park (National Parks)
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Merchants Millpond State Park – It's a fun, free event for the whole family. The lineup includes vendors, food, live…
Lake James State Park – What better way to discuss amphibians then by a fire? And with S'mores. Meet Ranger Kevin…
Gorges State Park – There will be something for everyone, with special presentations on a variety of topics including…
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Break your kids away from the TV and visit one of North Carolina’s state and national parks, where they’ll be surprised to find thrills of a lifetime.
With 41 state parks and recreation areas to visit, you’re never far from stargazing, fishing, camping, horseback riding and rock climbing.
North Carolina is packed with adventures, so start exploring early. You’ll find perfect sunrise views at these spots, from beaches to mountaintops.
This spot offers hiking trails, fishing, canoeing and kayaking when conditions are right, and even backwoods camping near the Research Triangle.
Taking a splash in one of our state’s many, natural swimming holes, from the mountains to the coast, is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again.
The Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests offer visitors the chance to play, wander or just relax.
At 100 feet tall, Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest sand dune on the East Coast and a great place for flying kites, hang gliding and picnicking.
Whether rock climbing or taking the stairs to the top of Chimney Rock, the view – 75 miles in all directions on a clear day – is spectacular.
The experiences at our national parks campsites will give you bragging rights and memories that will stick long after you’ve returned to the daily grind.
Families, campers, climbers, horseback riders, anglers and hikers all love Stone Mountain State Park in the High Country.
There are countless natural wonders throughout North Carolina, and you have to look no further than the beauty of our state and national parks in spring.
These rugged mountains are home to nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, countless animal species, scenic tours, historic sites and waterfalls.
Here you’ll find great rock climbing, picnic areas, family-friendly campsites, hiking trails that lead you past waterfalls and more.
There’s an incredible number of campsites at 30 of our state parks, so we’re helping you narrow down choices based on the experiences you’re seeking.
In many of our refuges, you can hike and fish in addition to seeing a variety of unique environments and observing wildlife in native habitats.
This is one of the easiest and prettiest places to pack a picnic basket, with each region offering a variety of landscapes for any appetite.
Four lighthouses, a herd of wild horses and hundreds of miles of beach and shoreline to explore await on the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.
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Rekindle your romance during a three-day weekend in Brevard, an itinerary filled with dining, arts, picnics, spas, river fun and visits to waterfalls.
What's more fun than hiking, picnicking and splashing in cold mountain streams? Grab this three-day trip, pack up the kids and head for the hills.
From a coastal lighthouse to the highest peak, a daredevil zip line or a breathtaking roller coaster, you’ll see North Carolina from a new perspective.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
Plan a day trip or a weeklong getaway with tubing and paddling on the Dan River, hiking and camping in state parks, rock climbing, biking and more.
The Road to Nowhere ends at a tunnel inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you want to venture farther, you have to do it by foot.
This trip takes you on a trek to the top of Cold Mountain for breathtaking views, starting and ending in Asheville for a weekend of outdoor fun.
Seeing the season take shape in the mountains is breathtaking, and the speed at which you ride helps you take it all in.
A trip to the mountains can be both fun and unpredictable, which makes it even more exciting, and camping is a great way to experience it all.
Enjoy three days of quiet paddling on the tannic waters of lazy coastal rivers, amid ancient bald cypress in old millponds and on intimate creeks.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
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More than 100 wild horses roam Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. See more »
Explore forests, fish in quiet ponds or plan a picnic at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. See more »
The Brunswick Islands are a natural haven for hundreds of species of birds. See more »
Pilot Mountain State Park offers hiking trails, camping, rock climbing and views of the Piedmont. See more »
Set up camp on Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro. See more »
Jockey's Ridge State Park is a great place for flying kites, hang gliding and picnicking. See more »
Mingus Mill is among the many little-known historic sites in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See more »
Falls Lake State Recreation Area affords you great fun on the water. See more »
Waterfalls are a popular attraction inside Gorges State Park. See more »
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is America’s highest suspension footbridge. See more »
Discover amazing views of the Blue Ridge Parkway, including its iconic Linn Cove Viaduct. See more »
Fishing is a popular pastime at many state and national parks and forests in North Carolina. See more »
Grandfather Mountain is a sanctuary where guests can see wildlife, hike alpine trails and walk a Mile High Swinging Bridge.
At Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, novice and expert hang gliders alike can enjoy a bird's eye view of the sun, sand and sea.
The Blue Ridge Heritage Area spans 11,000 square miles of scenic beauty and cultural charm in the mountains.
Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.
Discover the captivating sounds of the music born and bred along the Blue Ridge Music Trails
Slip down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide with a cool pool at the bottom, in the Land of Waterfalls.
More Than Just Parks, a project that creates short films to honor America's National Parks, spent two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Filmmakers: Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz.
Take a wild horse tour at Corolla or Shackleford Banks to see the Banker ponies that have roamed our coast for more than 400 years.
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Features: 4 baseball fields 50', 60', 65', 70', and one 80'. Two T-ball 110' and 150'. All with covered dugouts and…
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This property is the newest Rowan County Park and offers a challenging hike to the top of Dunn’s Mountain with a vista…
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This 462 acre park features a fishing pier, gazebo, horseshoes, 3 acre lake, picnicking, 5 soccer fields, 2-mile bike…
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