List of North Carolina State Parks
Carolina Beach State Park is a 761-acre park located on a triangle of land known as Pleasure Island, which lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. There are miles of hiking trails, activities include boating, fishing and there is a visitor center. Carolina Beach State Park is located 10 miles south of Wilmington, NC.
Chimney Rock State Park encompasses roughly 4,000 acres. Chimney Rock State Park has a visitor center, nature center and a network of hiking trails to geologic points of interest and a very popular attraction is the 404-foot-tall Hickory Nut Falls. Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock, NC
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park centers around the Neuse River. Popular activities include boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and there is a museum. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is located 11 miles southeast of Goldsboro, NC.
Crowders Mountain State Park has miles of trails through a variety of terrain. Land connects Crowders Mountain State Park to Kings Mountain National Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina. Crowders Mountain State Park is located near Kings Mountain, NC.
Dismal Swamp State Park presents Dismal Swamp Canal with a 300-foot boardwalk. Dismal Swamp Canal area is great for canoeing or kayaking and there are 16.7 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Dismal Swamp State Park is located 3 miles south of the NC/VA border near South Mills, NC.
Elk Knob State Park was established to preserve the natural state of Elk Knob, the second highest peak in Watauga County. Elk Knob State Park is surrounded by several historic mountain communities. Northern hardwood forests grow at Elk Knob State Park and this state park provides a habitat for a number of woodland species. Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest state parks in North Carolina. Elk Knob State Park is on Meat Camp Road, 5.5 miles from North Carolina Highway 194, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Eno River State Park sits along the banks of the Eno River. Although Eno River State Park and its trails are public places, there are rules that visitors must be aware of. No bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails. Points of Interest in Eno River State Park include Fish Dam Road, Occoneechee Speedway, West Point on the Eno and numerous nature trails with various information stations and spots good for fishing. Eno River State Park is a 3,900 acre park located near Durham NC.
Falls Lake State Park also known as Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located near Wake Forest, North Carolina. Falls Lake State Park covers over 30,000 acres, and includes the 12,000 acre Falls Lake. This park leads to endless recreational possibilities, there are miles of hiking, biking trails and miles of water to explore. There are local marinas, boat launches. Falls Lake State Park is very popular to swim, kayak & canoe. During holidays the lake is steaming with water skiers and jet skis.
Fort Fisher State Park also known as Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is located near Kure Beach, it includes the former location of Fort Fisher, site of a major naval engagement during the American Civil War. There is a museum at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, an oceanfront beach pavilion, a large lagoon popular with windsurfers, and a long stretch of beach that is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles.
Fort Macon State Park is home to a civil war fort built in 1826 on the east end of Bogue Banks, near Atlantic Beach. Fort Macon State Park has nature trails, a swimming beach, picnic shelters and abundant fishing makes Fort Macon State Park a very popular North Carolina State Park.
Goose Creek State Park offers boardwalks and nature trails. Goose Creek State Park is located east of Washington on the banks of the Pamlico River, the park covers 1327 acres and is a very popular birdwatching location. Goose Creek State Park also has one of the furthest northern populations of Dwarf Palmetto, which can be found along the river and within the marshes.
Gorges State Park is a 7100 acre North Carolina state park that joins the North Carolina, South Carolina state line, located approximately 45 miles southwest of Asheville in Transylvania County. Gorges State Park boasts more waterfalls than any of the other state parks. Gorges State Park has beautiful waterfalls, there are trails to some of the waterfalls and Gorges State Park has one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States. Activities at this state park includes hunting, fishing, hiking trails and picnicking.
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