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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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Head out to the Gorgeous Gorges Colors Festival @ Gorges State Park for the grand opening of the new TRACK Trail this Saturday!  Check out the new trail with live music, guided hikes, hayrides, s'mores, and more!  Activities are at the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Festival is being hosted North Carolina State Parks and Recreation and Kids in Parks.  #ncstateparks #hike Kelley King, Superintendent of Haw River State Park, presented at “Where the Sidewalk Ends: Accessing, America’s Parks, Monuments, and Trails,” over the weekend at Beatties Ford Library in Charlotte.  The program shows the ways people with visual and physical disabilities can enjoy access to parks, monuments, and trails.

Superintendent King created a “frog pond” using rain sticks, balloons, marbles, combs, and her voice. Her enthusiasm to make programs and parks more accessible helped make Favorite the new N.C. Trails website! The N.C. Trails Program site offers access to information on state-wide trails and trails in state parks. Plan hikes, get trail  news and events, and tips on trail segments. Please visit  #ncstateparks #nctrails #hike Merchants Millpond State Park hosted sixteen 1st – 4th graders from Weldon Global Academy in our very first Big Canoe Adventure field trip, they also completed their Jr. Rangers project!  These Jr. Rangers went dipping for larval dragonflies, canoeing the millpond and weeding the butterfly gardens as part of their stewardship project.  The Weldon Global Academy students are part of their school’s Ambassadors Program which gives students special leadership opportunities for demonstrating great character.  Congrats Jr. Rangers!

#ncstateparks #JrRangers Trick or treat to your feet! Hike the Cypress Point trail at Carver’s Creek State Park. 🍂🍁#ncstateparks #nc100miles Meet our October featured park! Carvers Creek State Park! #ncstateparks #carverscreekstatepark #fall Gone fishing at Eno River State Park for the weekend. Where will your next adventure be? 🐟🎣 #ncstateparks #outdooradventures #enoriverstatepark What a great view from Maple Camp Bald @ Mount Mitchell State Park. #ncstateparks #nc100miles #outdooradventures First responders supporting Hurricane Florence shelter security in New Bern. Thank you to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and North Carolina State Park Rangers for all your help and support. #hurricaneflorence #hurricanerelief #ncstateparks #carolinastrong