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Ranger Jason taking a photo

The exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences showcases the nature photography of state parks staff.

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Our Mission

Conservation: To protect North Carolina’s natural diversity through careful selection and stewardship of state parks system lands;

Recreation: To provide and promote outdoor recreation opportunities in the state parks system and throughout the state; and

Education: To encourage appreciation of North Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage through diverse educational opportunities;

for all citizens of and visitors to the State of North Carolina.

100 Years of Making Memories

North Carolina state parks offer residents and visitors alike countless unique parks, lakes, rivers and trails located through our beautiful state from its highest peaks to its pristine shorelines.

  • Lighted boats at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Christmas flotilla
  • Pinecone owl craft at Pettigrew State Park
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children at Chimney Rock
  • View of Big Lake with paddleboat rental


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