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State Parks Superintendents Celebrate Heroism, Recovery, Ingenuity at Annual Conference
02/08/2018 - 10:15am

Leaders from across the Division of Parks and Recreation hosted a banquet at the annual State Parks Conference of Superintendents in January to recognize colleagues for their heroism, creative programs, outstanding projects, and exemplary service. While several inches of snow blanketed Haw River State Park, the Conference of Superintendents soldiered on to celebrate outstanding work of colleagues across the state. The awards described below include those awarded to volunteers and supporters of our state park system as well as staff.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Elk Knob State Park: My Last Stamp
01/30/2018 - 8:00pm

By:  Catherine Locke, Marketing Director, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

This summer my co-worker and North Carolina State Parks Public Information Officer, Katie Hall, wrote about her trip to Elk Knob State Park. It was one of her first official trips after assuming the role in May. She experienced the park during the spring when the air was warm, the trees were green, and she had plenty of company on the trial.

First Day Hikes Kick-Off New Year Despite Freezing Temps
01/03/2018 - 1:37pm

In partnership with the National Association of State Parks Directors (NASPD), State Parks across America offered First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. Here in North Carolina, we continued a tradition started 40 years ago at Eno River State Park. New Year’s Day ushered in the coldest temperatures seen in decades in most areas of the state. Rangers and visitors alike bundled up and met in our parks for hikes to kick off the new year.

Easing in to Winter Hiking at Haw River State Park
12/20/2017 - 11:30am

By: Katie Hall, Public Information Officer, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Authority Approves Over $11 million for State Park Land Acquisition, Capital Improvements
12/01/2017 - 10:17am

North Carolina’s Parks and Recreation Authority has approved over $11 million in Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) monies for land acquisition and capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year. The Authority meeting, held Nov. 17 at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, was led by Authority Chairman Neal Lewis and attended by a quorum of Authority members. The last Authority meeting to vote on funding for state parks was held last May at Carolina Beach State Park.