Across North Carolina, state park staff are proud of our parks and eager to welcome you and your family. Come to our parks to marvel at our state's most beautiful natural resources, enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, and learn about the rich science, culture, and history that make our parks great.
There are 41 places that are currently part of the North Carolina State Parks system: 34 parks, four recreation areas, and three staffed state natural areas. Our state parks are Naturally Wonderful — and wonderfully diverse. From Gorges State Park on the Blue Ridge escarpment to Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, you'll find mysterious bay lakes, wild swamps, sandhills with their longleaf pine habitats, piedmont river systems, and bold mountain streams.
All state parks offer opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and nature study. Most have campgrounds and various other amenities, like picnic shelters, swim beaches, modern visitor centers, and kid-friendly exhibits. This page provides a snapshot of camping options, activities, and facilities available at each park.
Use the keyboard command Ctrl F and search for things like "backpacking" or "fishing" or "boat ramp" to quickly navigate down the page and find which park offers that particular activity, amenity, or facility.
To get a printable version of this page, please download our Naturally Wonderful brochure.
Below each park, you will find a summary of the trails, facilities, and amenities it offers that are accessible to people with disabilities.
This page also provides the contact information for each park. For most inquiries, we encourage you to find the park you are trying to reach and call the office number or email them directly, rather than contacting the administrative office in Raleigh. Calling the park for which your inquiry is relevant will get your question or concern addressed more quickly.
We have provided a quick link to Google Maps directions to each park office or visitor center. Some parks have multiple entrances or access areas, and the addresses for these areas are also conveniently listed on this page.
Click each park name to learn more about the park's trails, history, ecology, and amenities. Each park page also has a calendar of Events and Programs, as well as maps of the park you can print and download prior to your visit.
Visit our NC Trails program website to learn more about North Carolina state trails.
State natural areas, state lakes, and state rivers are also components of the North Carolina State Parks system. Learn more about them here.
North Carolina state forests are managed by the North Carolina Forest Service. The state forests are Bladen Lakes State Forest, Clemmons Educational State Forest, Dupont State Recreational Forest, Holmes ESF, Jordan Lake ESF, Headwaters State Forest, Mountain Island ESF, Rendezvous Mountain ESF, Turnbull Creek ESF, and Tuttle ESF.
The National Park Service manages the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Great Smoky Mountains, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and other national historic and recreation sites. NPS also manages the America the Beautiful Pass.
Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie are national forests. These are managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Map of state parks and state trails in North Carolina