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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;

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First responders supporting Hurricane Florence shelter security in New Bern. Thank you to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and North Carolina State Park Rangers for all your help and support. #hurricaneflorence #hurricanerelief #ncstateparks #carolinastrong Register today for the 3rd Annual Junior Ranger Jamboree. The event will be hosted at Merchants Millpond State Park Oct. 6-7. Free campsites will be provided to Junior Rangers and their families while space is available. #ncstateparks #juniorranger #merchantsmillpond Here is a look at some of the parks that will be re-opened today. For more information please visit ncparks.gov Please monitor our park closures alert page as Hurricane Florence continues to impact North Carolina. www.ncparks.gov/current-park-closures Hiking Essentials. Always be prepared! #ncstateparks Follow the Raven Rock Loop Trail to reach the overlook with views 150 feet above the Cape Fear River. #ncstateparks #ravenrockstatepark Did you know that Raven Rock State Park is our featured park and offers 8 miles of bridle trails? Where will your next adventure be? #ncstateparks #nc100miles #ravenrockstatepark Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend! #happylaborday #ncstateparks Celebrating the beautiful new boardwalk across the dam at Lake Waccamaw State Park! #ncstateparks #boardwalk #explorenc