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Year of the Fish



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.  



102 Years of Making Memories

North Carolina state parks offer residents and visitors alike countless unique parks, lakes, rivers and trails located through our beautiful state from its highest peaks to its pristine shorelines.

  • Fort Macon State Park Living History Weekend
  • Pilot Mountain State Park 50th Anniversary Celebration


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PLEASE, friends, do everything you can to stay safe near waterfalls. 🎉Happy Independence Day!  The parks are OPEN. 🎉 We have big cannons. This one at Fort Macon is a 10 inch Columbiad, capable of hurling a 128-pound cannon ball up to 3.2 miles. This is a great time to head to Raven Rock State Park.  If you haven’t been, it will surprise you!  If you’s time to go back :) Goose Creek State Park along the beautiful Pamlico River 🌸☀️🌊 We want you to make great memories in your parks and take the safety of you and your family very seriously. See our Waterfall Safety page at Have you stayed at our “yurt” campsite at Lake Waccamaw State Park yet?  It’s the only one in our state park system so far-  what do you think? Beautiful lakeside campsites abound.  Hope to see you soon! The Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park is where you can see Venus Flytraps and orchids growing in the wild! The trail crosses pocosin wetlands, longleaf pines, and wiregrass savanna.