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Carolina Beach State Park Carvers Creek State Park Chimney Rock State Park Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Crowders Mountain State Park Dismal Swamp State Park Elk Knob State Park Eno River State Park Falls Lake State Recreation Area Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Fort Macon State Park Goose Creek State Park Gorges State Park Grandfather Mountain State Park Hammocks Beach State Park Hanging Rock State Park Haw River State Park Jockey's Ridge State Park Jones Lake State Park Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Lake James State Park Lake Norman State Park Lake Waccamaw State Park Lumber River State Park Mayo River State Park Medoc Mountain State Park Merchants Millpond State Park Morrow Mountain State Park Mount Jefferson State Park Mount Mitchell State Park New River State Park Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Pettigrew State Park Pilot Mountain State Park Raven Rock State Park Singletary Lake State Park South Mountains State Park Stone Mountain State Park Weymouth Woods William B. Umstead State Park

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Carolina Beach State Park

Diverse coastal ecological communities support rare plants, including Venus flytrap.

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Carvers Creek State Park

Historic James Rockefeller Home, hiking trails and fishing.

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Chimney Rock State Park

Spectacular vistas of Hickory Nut Gorge across 5,700 acres. Historic tourist destination, 26-story elevator, 404-foot waterfall, rock climbing and bouldering. Admission.

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Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Multicolored cliffs up to 98 feet tower over historic river. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Crowders Mountain State Park

Two of the highest peaks in Kings Mountain Range, 20-mile views, streams and lake environments.

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Dismal Swamp State Park

More than 14,000 acres of the Great Dismal Swamp. Part of the Underground Railroad. Bordered by the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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Elk Knob State Park

Scenic vistas from more than 5,500 feet in elevation with rare and unique plant communities. Enjoy a picnic after a rugged hike to the summit. Visit on a snowy day to enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

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Eno River State Park

Scenic wilderness corridor encompasses 14 miles of river, multiple cultural history sites, and an extensive trail system. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Expansive reservoir and woodlands, habitat for diversity of animals, including American bald eagles. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Barrier island between Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean is home to rare and endangered coastal birds and sea turtles.

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Fort Macon State Park

Restored historic fort that played a key role in Civil War, barrier island beach. Fort tours, Civil War reenactments or enjoy the beautiful beach.

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Goose Creek State Park

Hardwood swamps and brackish marshes along the Pamlico River, oaks draped in Spanish moss.

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Gorges State Park

An 8,000-acre park on the Blue Ridge Escarpment with waterfalls, gorges and dramatic elevation changes provide for a concentration of rare and unique plant and animal species. A LEED-certified visitor center with exhibits, large picnic shelters with fireplaces, hiking trails, observation decks and primitive backcountry camping.

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Grandfather Mountain State Park

12 miles of rugged, scenic trails with magnificent views from rock outcrops and forested coves; highest peak at 5,946 feet. Home to 70 known rare/endangered species and 16 distinct natural communities. Adjacent to Grandfather Mountain attraction.

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Hammocks Beach State Park

On mainland and islands; park operates a seasonal passenger ferry to ocean beach, maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal creeks. Sea turtle nesting site.

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Hanging Rock State Park

Rock outcrops at elevations up to 2,580 feet, five waterfalls, mountain lake, access to scenic river. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Haw River State Park

The Summit Center provides training facilities, environmental education opportunities and overnight accommodations.

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Jockey's Ridge State Park

Tallest living sand dune along U.S. Atlantic coast, barrier island ecology. Stroll along the sound or hang glide from a dune. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Jones Lake State Park

Carolina bay environment, five-mile hiking trail through diverse habitats with lake overlooks.

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

13,900-acre reservoir, home to American bald eagles. Several areas for day-use or overnight recreation.

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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

50,000-acre reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline spanning North Carolina/Virginia state line.

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Lake James State Park

Vistas of surrounding Black Mountains overlooking manmade 6,812-acre lake. Take advantage of the many recreation opportunities this lake has to offer.

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Lake Norman State Park

State's largest manmade lake at 32,510 acres. More than 30 miles of biking trails.

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Lake Waccamaw State Park

One of the largest Carolina bays with unique plants and animals, including alligators.

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Lumber River State Park

State Nature & Scenic and National Wild & Scenic 115 miles blackwater river. Enjoy Griffin's Whirl, a unique reverse flow area.

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Mayo River State Park

A visitor's center, hiking trails, picnic tables and a picnic shelter are situated near two fishing ponds. Call the park office for updates on new facilities.

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Medoc Mountain State Park

Exposed rock outcrops, bluffs; steep topography, rocks, minerals unusual to piedmont.

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Merchants Millpond State Park

Maze of towering bald cypress trees draped in Spanish moss dominates lake and adjacent swamp.

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Morrow Mountain State Park

Mountains up to 936 feet, peaceful lake. These pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the eastern United States.

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Panoramic views from scenic Blue Ridge mountaintop at 4,683-foot elevation. National Natural Landmark.

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Mount Mitchell State Park

Highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet, views up to 100 miles, North Carolina's first state park. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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New River State Park

Nationally designated Wild and Scenic and American Heritage River. It offers canoeing and hiking past scenic rock outcrops, farmlands and woodlands.

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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Over three miles of trail circle around the highest point in Orange County, providing beautiful views of the mountain and the Eno River.

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Pettigrew State Park

Second-largest natural lake in state, old-growth trees, American Indian artifacts including second-oldest dugout canoe in U.S., plantation historic site and grave of Confederate general.

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Pilot Mountain State Park

National Natural Landmark offering scenic vistas of Blue Ridge mountains. Canoe the Yadkin River as it flows for two miles through the park.

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Raven Rock State Park

Landmark bluff that stretches 150-foot-high and more than a mile along the Cape Fear River.

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Singletary Lake State Park

Carolina bay environment, scenic lake vistas, undeveloped shoreline.

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South Mountains State Park

Mountain peaks to 3,000 feet, 80-foot waterfall. Parts of the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

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Stone Mountain State Park

Rock dome rising 600 feet above the valley floor, waterfalls, mid-19th century Homestead, Blue Ridge mountain views. Part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

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Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Longleaf pine forest; broad, flat valleys; rare and endangered species include red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens tree frog, bog spicebush.

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William B. Umstead State Park

More than 5,000 acres of hardwood forest in urban Triangle region including creeks, lakes and extensive trail network with scenic overlooks.

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