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Hikers climb a ladder on a trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Location: Avery County, 13 miles southwest of Boone

You can find: over 70 species of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals

Highlights: Grandfather Profile; backcountry camping; free hiking access to more than 13 miles of trail

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Park Office – 9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604
4198 N.C. 105 N.
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Beach scenery at Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park

Location: Onslow County, 19 miles east of Jacksonville

You can find: Bear Island, a 4-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island, and sea turtle nests, including loggerhead turtles, who nest above the high tide line at the island

Highlights: Beach camping (backpack via ferry or paddle-in); seasonal ferry; paddle trails

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584
Paddler on the play wave area of the Dan River at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Dan River Access

Location: Stokes County, 30 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: paddling access on the Dan; easy, riverside trail; connects to main access via Indian Creek Trail

1258 Flinchum Road
Danbury, NC 27016
Lower Cascades Falls at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Lower Cascades Parking Area

Location: Stokes County, 30 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: short, moderate hike to Lower Cascades Falls; parking area 1 mile from main entrance gate

2143 Hall Road
Westfield, NC 27053
Visitors taking in the vista at the top of Hanging Rock at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Main Access

Location: Stokes County, 32 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: hiking to Hanging Rock, Wolf Rock, Moore's Knob and three waterfalls; CCC structures; park lake; camping; cabins; visitor center

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016
Moore's Wall at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Moore's Wall Rock Climbing Access

Location: Stokes County, 27 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: rock climbing on Moore's Wall; half a mile from Tory's Den parking area

1035 Climbing Access Drive
Westfield, NC 27053
Mountain bicyclists riding on the trail at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Mountain Biking Access

Location: Stokes County, 30 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: single-track mountain biking with rock ledges, fast flow, stream crossings and views of Sauratown Mountains

2568 Moores Spring Road
Westfield, NC 27053
Tory's Falls after a rain at Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park – Tory's Den Parking Area

Location: Stokes County, 27 miles north of Winston-Salem

At this park, you can find: rock outcroppings with scenic vistas, Schweinitz's sunflower, and Wehrle's salamander

Highlights at this access: Tory's Den Cave and Tory's Falls; access to hiking and horseback riding trails; connects to main access via Tory's Den Trail

1185 Charlie Young Road
Westfield, NC 27053
Trees at the tail end of the fall, with most of their leaves gone, at the Iron Ore Belt access of Haw River State Park

Haw River State Park – Iron Ore Belt Access

Location: Guilford County, 12 miles north of downtown Greensboro

At the park, you can find: floodplain swamp, great blue heron, and rusty red iron ore

Highlights at this access: hiking through wetlands, old farm field, surface-level iron ore deposits, and remnants of an iron ore mining pit; picnic areas

6068 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC 27455
The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center at Haw River State Park

Haw River State Park – The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Location: Rockingham County, 14 miles north of downtown Greensboro

At the park, you can find: floodplain swamp, great blue heron, and rusty red iron ore

Highlights at this access: conference center and residential environmental education facilities; wetlands boardwalk to the headwaters of the Haw River

339 Conference Center Drive
Browns Summit, NC 27214
Visitors walking on the sand towards the big dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park – Main Access

Location: Dare County, in the Outer Banks

At the park, you can find: the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast, gray fox, American beach grass, and fulgurites

Highlights at this access: big dunes; hiking on sand; hang gliding; picnicking; visitor center; exhibits

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959
Visitors stand on the beach at the soundside access of Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park – Soundside Access

Location: Dare County, in the Outer Banks

At the park, you can find: the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast, gray fox, American beach grass, and fulgurites

Highlights at this access: wetlands, grassy dunes, maritime thickets; swim beach on Roanoke Sound; kiteboarding; windsurfing; paddling access

330 W. Soundside Road
Nags Head, NC 27959
A bald cypress tree surrounded by the lake at Jones Lake State Park

Jones Lake State Park

Location: Bladen County, 35 miles southeast of Fayetteville

You can find: two Carolina bay lakes: Jones Lake and Salters Lake; red-cockaded woodpeckers that live in the bay forest

Highlights: full hook-up RV camping; tea-colored waters of the lake; long hikes on easy trails; swim beach; picnic shelter; boat rentals

4117 N.C. 242 N.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
An RV parked at a campsite at Crosswinds Campground at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Crosswinds Campground

Location: Chatham County, 24 miles west of downtown Raleigh

At the park, you can find: 14,000-acre Jordan Lake reservoir and the bald eagle

Highlights at this access: tent, trailer, and RV camping, some with electric and water hookups; campers-only boat ramp and swim beach; nearby privately owned Crosswinds marina 

389 Farrington Road
Apex, NC 27502
Swim beach area at the Ebenezer Church access of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Ebenezer Church Access

Location: Chatham County, 26 miles west of downtown Raleigh

At the park, you can find: 14,000-acre Jordan Lake reservoir and the bald eagle

Highlights at this access: 24-hour boat ramp; accessible swim beach; easy trails; picnic areas and shelters; best access for windsurfing

2582 Beaver Creek Road
Apex, NC 27502