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The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education.

Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina’s natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system;

Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state; and 

Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state’s natural and cultural heritage.  

 

 

102 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.

  • Skateboarders race down Mount Jefferson at the North Carolina Downhill Race
  • Poster for Elk Knob Community Headwaters Day
  • Poster for Old Fashioned Day at Stone Mountain State Park

 

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Ascend to about 2,000 feet above elevation and you’ll find the Daniel Boone Scout Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park.  Ladders and cables are in-place to help hikers through steep sections along the trail. Stay safe this summer when going for a swim or enjoying any water activities. 🏊‍♀️🚣🏽‍♀️🏖🌊 #ncstateparks #watersafety #swimming #safety The Cragway Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park is short, but strenuous. Make it up this trail and you will be rewarded with beautiful views. #ncstateparks #featuredpark #hiking #trails Big Canoes out for a paddle with their first passengers at Morrow Mountain State Park. Special thanks to the Friends of State Parks for making all of this possible. #ncstateparks #bigcanoeadventure #nc100miles Beautiful photo of Pilot Mountain taken by Jason Preslar just in time for the park’s 50th anniversary. Thanks for sharing, Jason! The Big Canoes are here! Hellbender and Loggerhead hit the water today at Morrow Mountain State Park! Come out and paddle with us! The big canoe boat launch is tomorrow at Morrow Mountain State Park!! #BigCanoeAdventure #ncstateparks #paddle Happy 50th Birthday Pilot Mountain State Park! Join us in celebrating Pilot Mountain today from 10am-9pm. Hope to see you there! 🎂⛰🌲 This Blue-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly was spotted at Pilot Mountain State Park. #nature #ncstateparks #nc100miles #dragonfly