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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.

  • Thanksgiving weekend hikes at North Carolina state parks
  • 3 Mile History Hike - Carvers Creek State Park
  • Mill's Creek Hike - Lake James State Park
  • Opt Outside - Pilot Mountain State Park
  • After Thanksgiving Hike - Goose Creek State Park
  • Green Friday Hike - Haw River State Park
  • After Thanksgiving Hike - Elk Knob State Park
  • Into the Dark - Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
  • Geology Hike - Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Fall Hike - Morrow Mountain State Park

 

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Holiday mood here yet? Our Rangers think so! Staff from several parks were in the Raleigh Christmas Parade. The band Ready for Black Friday...or 2019? Get a start with a NC State Parks 2019 calendar. Themed with birds or animals, all photos were taken in NC State Parks by actual park staff! Get yours online from www.ncparkstore.com or at a park near you today!  #ncstateparks #blackfriday Hooked on NC State Parks?  Come see our float entry  in the Raleigh Christmas Parade Saturday!  Our in-house band, National Take a Hike Day this Saturday?! Check out the NC Trails website and plan your hike.  We have trails statewide!  Check your local State Park to see their hiking celebration/plans!  https://trails.nc.gov/  #ncstateparks #takeahike #trails #hiking #nationaltakeahikeday Hooked on NC State Parks?  Come see our float entry  in the Raleigh Christmas Parade Saturday!  Our in-house band, National Take a Hike Day this Saturday?! Check out the NC Trails website and plan your hike.  We have trails statewide!  Check your local State Park to see their hiking celebration/plans!  https://trails.nc.gov/  #ncstateparks #takeahike #trails #hiking #nationaltakeahikeday 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!  https://www.ncparks.gov/find-an-activity/events-and-programs  #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!  https://www.ncparks.gov/fall-north-carolina-state-parks  #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.  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/problematic-viral-video-persistent-baby-bear/574990/?utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_term=2018-11-06T14%3A53%3A16&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&fbclid=IwAR22P43utNwHVtgDuxpNllVivyqxzTesrwEQ1kDgVdXDTB0P_UX_OPuGWF0  #ncstateparks #migration #drones