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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.



Friends of State Parks  

Join the nonprofit citizen organization that supports, promotes and advocates for the North Carolina state parks system.





As a month passes and not much progress, North Carolina State Parks would like to remind you visit us! Nature needs a hand at times, visit State Parks to keep the burden off our National Parks while their caretakers and public are forced on the sidelines. #love #ncstateparks Who that be? What is that tree? As many of our leafy friends have shed for the Winter, can you still spot a familiar face? How many do you see here? Brush up at our Winter Tree ID programs at Dismal Swamp and Elk Knob State Parks this weekend! Other events too!  #ncstateparks #nature #smart #home The rain date not needed, the N.C. Trails Summit is underway at Haw River State Park! The Recreation Resources Service led inter-agency event has sessions on creative crossings in wet areas, sustainable trail-building practices, equipment training and of course, trail work! #nctrailsummit #ncstateparks #hawriverstatepark #nctrailgrant #trails #hike #nature Golden Globes? Oscars?? Congrats to William B. Umstead State Park for Lazy Saturday?! What a great New Year’s Day! The off-season warmth, created our most successful First Day Hikes ever, with 3,859 people joining 57 guided hikes!  This success was due to our staff, Friends Groups and volunteers keeping open trails even after a record year of rainfall! #ncstateparks #happy #travel #fit

Keep up or start a New Year’s Resolution with another warm weekend ahead!  Sign up for our 100-Mile Challenge!! Long night but you made it?! Happy New Year!! We hope everyone can get out on one of our First Day Hikes! But if deciding on a resolution is a tad more relaxing, try our 100 Mile Challenge. A year-long effort!  #newyearsresolution #resolution #newyears2019