The North Carolina outdoors is really a reflection of you. That’s why Visit NC, the NC Outdoor Recreation Industry, Leave No Trace and many organizations across our state have partnered together to make it easy for you to help preserve the natural beauty of our state.

Plan and Prepare | Stick to Trails and Overnight Right | Trash Your Trash | Leave It as You Find It | Be Careful With Fire | Keep Wildlife Wild | Be Considerate of Others and Share the Outdoors

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For additional resources, Recreate Responsibly also offers guidelines on how to keep yourself healthy and maintain access to parks, trails and beaches during this time.

Stay awhile and explore Visit North Carolina's travel ideas, and let nature inspire your next trip filled with outdoor adventures. For more information on Leave No Trace and the NC Outdoor Recreation Industry, please visit their respective websites.

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It’s up to all of us to help preserve the natural beauty of our state. Our partners make it their nature to protect North Carolina’s outdoor spaces. To become a partner, email heidi.walters@visitnc.com.

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There are so many places to explore the NC outdoors – ones you've heard of and ones you haven't yet discovered. Get insider information and inspiration from those in the know.

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So I’ve been photographically constipated for the past few months as well as needing a break from social media. It’s also been a rough time finding time for photography with an almost 3yr old who’s blossoming into a brilliant little girl…and very rapidly I might add. During a family vacation to the #outerbanksnc I was able to use the mornings to find and explore new areas. This image was taken at Lake Mattamuskeet which is North Carolina’s largest natural lake and is located within the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. To say that the mosquitoes were abundant really doesn’t do it justice…had i not worn a summer hoodie and pants, it would’ve been a blood donation of epic proportions. Despite the onslaught of mosquitoes and other winged creatures and spiders, it was a really quiet and soothing morning. Something I had missed very much. ▪️ Fujifilm #gfx50r flmtripods CP34ii

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. GUYS. This JEM of a botanical garden is in Charlotte, NC. What can i say. The inside terrarium gives all the Alice in Wonderland meets jungle vibes that i love. And the outside has water features, a cute childrens area, multiple trails, and plants for daysssss. If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for a good botanical garden, and this was one of my favorites yet. #botanicalgardens #botanicalgarden #charlotte #charlottenc #garden #fountains #childrensgarden #plants #charlottebotanicalgarden #charlottebotanicalgardens #northcarolina #aliceinwonderland #danielstowebotanicalgarden #visitnc #visitcharlotte #visitcharlottenc