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Our 300 miles of pristine beaches offer coastal towns, outdoor adventure, serene settings and fun for the whole family.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with military history.
Choose from more than 400 golf courses across North Carolina, but during the summer heat you may want to tee off in the cool air of our mountains.
Explore America’s Coolest Small Town, Cape Lookout National Seashore and relics from Blackbeard’s infamous ship.
This urban area boasts arts, shopping, botanical gardens, award-winning restaurants, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the home of NASCAR.
Travel to the Asheville area and you’ll find local charm and natural attractions, dozens of breweries, historic towns and festivals.
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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 to visit than now - the 100th anniversary of our 14 national and 41 state parks. Take time to discover the western region of this state, which boasts Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, two of the most-visited attractions in the National Park System. On the North Carolina coast, climb America’s Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, then visit Jockey's Ridge State Park, where hang gliding is a way of life. And if you’re looking to camp, kayak, hike, fish, picnic and more, you'll find plenty of scenic places for these activities inside our state parks as well as our four national forests. So, pledge to #ReclaimYourWeekend 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 | Find Your Park (National Parks)
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The Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests offer visitors the chance to play, wander or just relax.
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.
These rugged mountains are home to nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, countless animal species, scenic tours, historic sites and waterfalls.
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.
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.
With 41 state parks and recreation areas to visit, you’re never far from stargazing, fishing, camping, horseback riding and rock climbing.
There are countless natural wonders in North Carolina, and you have to look no further than the beauty of our state and national parks, from spring to fall.
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.
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.
Here you’ll find great rock climbing, picnic areas, family-friendly campsites, hiking trails that lead you past waterfalls and more.
North Carolina is packed with adventures, so start exploring early. You’ll find perfect sunrise views at these spots, from beaches to mountaintops.
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.
This spot offers hiking trails, fishing, canoeing and kayaking when conditions are right, and even backwoods camping near the Research Triangle.
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.
If it feels like summer is passing you by, stop what you’re doing and make plans to Reclaim Your Weekend with fun and adventures in North Carolina.
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.
Families, campers, climbers, horseback riders, anglers and hikers all love Stone Mountain State Park in the High Country.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
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.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
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.
Seeing the season take shape in the mountains is breathtaking, and the speed at which you ride helps you take it all in.
Rekindle your romance during a three-day weekend in Brevard, an itinerary filled with dining, arts, picnics, spas, river fun and visits to waterfalls.
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 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.
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Jockey's Ridge State Park is a great place for flying kites, hang gliding and picnicking. See more »
The Brunswick Islands are a natural haven for hundreds of species of birds. See more »
Explore forests, fish in quiet ponds or plan a picnic at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. See more »
More than 100 wild horses roam Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. See more »
Fishing is a popular pastime at many state and national parks and forests in North Carolina. See more »
Waterfalls are a popular attraction inside Gorges State Park. 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 »
Mingus Mill is one of many historic sites in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See more »
Falls Lake State Recreation Area affords you great fun on the water. 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 »
Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.
Slip down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide with a cool pool at the bottom, in the Land of Waterfalls.
Today there are dozens of state parks across North Carolina, but it all began a century ago at Mount Mitchell. Learn about our parks centennial celebrations.
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.
The highlight of this state park is Bear Island, a remote, unspoiled beach where you can swim, surf, fish, camp, canoe and kayak.
Discover the captivating sounds of the music born and bred along the Blue Ridge Music Trails
Grandfather Mountain is a sanctuary where guests can see wildlife, hike alpine trails and walk a Mile High Swinging Bridge.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
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