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North Carolina Trails program



Our Mission

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.


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A long weekend?  Don't let today go to waste!  Get your fish on at South Mountains Park, or take your 4-legged family out to Weymouth Woods State Park! Several events today!  #ncstateparks #hike #fish #dogs Morning!  After your coffee, perk up and catch the Natural Garlands program at Cliffs of the Neuse or take a Fall Foliage Hike at Haw River State Park!  From mountains to coast, so many options today!  #ncstateparks #fall #leaves As temps drop, many bird species migrate!  Stay out of their way!  Drones are not allowed in our Parks.  Rangers have seen them disrupt hawk & other species migrations, and a purple martin attacked a research project at Pilot Mountain State Park that was permitted to use one!  Check out this story on the unintended effects of drones on wildlife.  #ncstateparks #migration #drones Cool temps. coming this weekend! Warm up on a trail?! Check out our calendar of events!  Click on your local park, search, and see what's happening in your favorite places!  #ncstateparks #trees #nature As Wednesday crests, and you eye the weekend...want to get a little down and dirty?  Medoc Mountain State Park needs help to build a new 300-foot-long section of trail located near the Stream Loop Trail. Visit:  #ncstateparks #trails #volunteer Crowder's Mountain just held their Teamwork!  Staff from 4 different Parks and over 25 volunteers made, The Cape Fear Kite Festival was held at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area this past weekend! About 17K came to send off to the kite-flying season! Visit our Events & Programs page to see events coming up near you!  #ncstateparks #fallcolors #kites Tired of pumpkins yet, shake it up at the Fur, Fangs & Feathers Fall Festival tommorow at Crowder's Mountain State Park! #ncstateparks #fallfestivals #crowdersmountain