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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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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 Indoors activities going bonkers getting ready for the big party?  Occupy the kiddos and make a bird feeder!! For a New Years Resolution with them, check out the Kids in Parks program!  #newyearseve #newyears2019 #kids #fun Thinking on a First Day Hike? Why not Morrow Mountain. Learn about the Park’s geology, the Civilian Conservation Corps and how they relate. It's a 0.8 mile on the Quarry Trail at 10 a.m., meet at the lower picnic area, just past the swimming pool! #hike #walk #nature #sky #serve Start New Year at the top! Literally the highest point in North Carolina! Take a Ranger-led First Day hike on the 3/4 mile Balsam Nature Loop Trail at the top of Mount Mitchell, and discus the Park's natural and cultural history. Dress appropriately for severe winter weather! First Day Hike at Chimney Rock State Park! Hike along the 3-mile main road to the base of the Rock. A shuttle will be provided back to the front gate at the end! Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Advance registration is not required. #hike #sky #firstdayhikes #ncstateparks