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Taking notice: State parks projects and the staff who bring them to life
05/09/2019 - 10:00am

What do you remember after you visit a state park? Most people say they recall the peace of nature, seeing a cool plant or animal, or interacting with a park ranger. We ALL know park rangers immediately, with their big hats and all the cool things they know about the park. You often hear kids say they want to be a park ranger when they grow up, and I can definitely see why. But, we’re all missing something.

Spring Hikes in State Parks
03/06/2019 - 2:26pm
by: Katie Hall, Public Information Officer, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

Spring brings the hustle-bustle back to our state parks. The best way to enjoy spring blossoming across our state is to check out the parks that are less likely to be crowded.  Fortunately, some of our most beautiful state parks are also some of the least crowded in the early spring.

First Day Hikes: A day in photos
01/03/2019 - 2:58pm

First Day Hikes 2019 brought 3,859 people to North Carolina’s state parks. Hundreds of dogs, at least two llamas and a goat joined their human companions on various hikes across the state. Here are a few photos of us having fun!

Ranger David Brown Wins Top Science Education Award
12/05/2018 - 2:15pm

Carvers Creek Burns Bright
10/11/2018 - 2:00pm

New Mountains-to-Sea Trail segment completes path from Clingmans Dome to Stone Mountain
10/08/2018 - 4:28pm


Where the River Meets the Rock
09/13/2018 - 10:00am

Colossal Canoes for Little Learners...and YOU!
08/21/2018 - 9:36am

Thanks to Friends of State Parks, we now have two 29-foot, 14 passenger canoes for educational programs across your state park system.

Colossal Canoes for Little Learners…and YOU!
08/21/2018 - 9:00am
Hiking for the Health of It
05/10/2018 - 9:26am

By: Kris Anne Bonifacio, Special Programs Coordinator, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

While hiking on the Equestrian Trail at Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Drae Wright took in the surrounding longleaf pine forest and the blue sky above and an idea came to her: “I should do more of this. I really need the exercise and the outdoors. Why not pick a bigger goal and make it an adventure? How about all the trails in all the state parks?”