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

Visit North Carolina
Leave No Trace
North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Office

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.

Email us for more info

©Leave No Trace


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

View Our Partners

Trip Ideas From Our Partners

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.

Get Trip Tips

Show Us How You #MakeItYourNature

instagram icon @jennapiot

Really feeling like I need to spend more time outside 🌳🐟🐢 #apexnc #downtownapex #downtownapexnc #wakecounty #wakecountync #visitnc #visitnorthcarolina #explorenc #explorenorthcarolina #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoor_inc #ncoutdoorculture #northcarolinaoutdoors #apexcommunity #apexcommunitypark #apexlake #january2022 #jan22 #nclife #ncliving #northcarolinaliving #northcarolinalife

instagram icon @this.old.river.cabin

How much snow do y’all think we are about to get? 16 inches is my guess. We just had a cancellation for the end of this month if anyone is looking to see some snow. We are about to get dumped on!

instagram icon @thesunshack_cb

It’s not hard to make the sunrise since we are just a 3 minute walk to the beach ☀️ Book your stay with The Sun Shack!

instagram icon @ohdisguy

Bridal Veil Falls • • • • • #northcarolina #nature #hike #optoutside #naturephotography #naturelovers #naturalnorthcarolina #visitnc #ncstateparks #discover_carolinas #waterfallsfordays #waterfalls #bridalveilfalls #dupontstateforest


Outdoor NC and Leave No Trace align with the CDC recommendations to help slow the spread of the virus so we can keep ourselves, our communities and our natural world healthy.

View Guidelines