About Us

From the mountains to the coast, the Division of Parks and Recreation administers a diverse system of state parks, natural areas, trails, lake, natural and scenic rivers, and recreation areas.

The Division also supports and assists other recreation providers by administering grant programs for park and trail projects, and by offering technical advice for park and trail planning and development. The Division administers the North Carolina Trails System, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers, and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.


The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation, and education.


To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina's natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system;


To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities through the state; and


To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural and cultural heritage.