Wooden bridge over creek at South Mountains State Park.

North Carolina is home to some of the most diverse outdoor recreational spaces in the country. At last count, the North Carolina State Park website identified 35 State Parks, 4 State Recreational Areas, and 6 State Park System Units. That’s a total of 45 recreational areas protecting over 250,000 acres of land.

From hiking, camping, fishing, and swimming to birdwatching, horseback riding, and more, you can find it all at one of the many North Carolina State Parks.

If you’re looking for a specific activity, you can check out my list of North Carolina State Parks by Location and Activity.

For specific information like directions, you can find each park’s site on the North Carolina State Parks Website.

I’ve been exploring the parks myself and have an insider’s view on several below. Keep checking because I’ll be adding more parks as I visit them. From hiking trails to camping sites, you can count on a comprehensive look at the best places to visit in our State Parks.

Umstead State Park, NC

Eno River State Park, NC

Occoneechee Mountain State Park, NC

Raven Rock State Park, NC

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, NC

A Visit to Merchants Millpond State Park

Haw River State Park, NC

Planning Your Trip to Hanging Rock State Park, NC
Hanging Rock State Park Trails and Hiking Routes
The 5 Waterfalls at Hanging Rock State Park

Plan your Trip to South Mountains State Park, NC
Trails at South Mountains State Park, NC
Great Backpacking Routes at South Mountains State Park, NC
Day Hikes at South Mountains State Park, NC
Camping at South Mountains State Park

Carvers Creek State Park, NC

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC

Mayo River State Park, NC

Pilot Mountain State Park, NC

Gorges State Park, NC
Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls Hike (in Gorges State Park)

Carolina Beach State Park, NC

Jones Lake State Park, NC

Singletary Lake State Park, NC

Lumber River State Park, NC

Lake Waccamaw State Park, NC

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful hike or an adventurous day of climbing, come visit one of North Carolina’s parks today and experience all that nature has to offer!

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