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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.

  • Examples of Junior Ranger patches from different parks


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