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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.



Friends of State Parks  

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





Silver linings! Happy 25th Anniversary to the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund! It awards matching grants to local governments for parks, public beach access and state parks! Here's a project from Triad Park in Forsyth County! #anniversary #cool #fun President's Day! Time off? Listen to our Wood you be my Valentine? Happy Valentine's Day! This water tupelo would be a great find, while visiting Merchant's Millpond State Park! Plan a romantic trip to any of our Parks!  #love #nature #ncstateparks #getaway #romantic #loveislove Super Bowl Sunday?! Burn those carbs so you can pig out during the game?! We have 10 events before the big game?! Get your Park on...before you pork out!!  #superbowl #sundayfunday #ncstateparks #nature #healthy #workout Polar Vortex? Whassat?! Parks are on top of things!  This Saturday, Greta the Groundhog will predict Winter and the Super Bowl! Come out to Chimney Rock State Park at 10 a.m. A TRACK trail adventure to follow! Register for prizes at #cold #ncstateparks School is in?! How to get out?! INTERNSHIPS! Western Carolina University's Parks & Recreation Management Dept. recently held a internship fair. We & other great partners met budding Catamount pros to talk opportunities! Email for info!  #experience #jobs 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