North Carolina is home to more than 30 state parks from its mountains to the sea. Hiking, camping, boating, picnicking, rock climbing, nature watching, and educational programs are just a few of the activities visitors can enjoy in our state parks. From ascending Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi to canoeing the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to delight in North Carolina's natural treasures.
Gorges State Park near Sapphire
Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States are found within North Carolina's newest treasure, Gorges State Park. As of this printing, there have been no facilities constructed in Gorges State Park. There are no public restrooms available at this time.
Linville Gorge near Linville Falls
Wilderness area near Linville Falls with rugged river gorge, Wiseman's View, Hawksbill Mountain - deepest gorge East of the Mississippi. Hiking/Camping by permit. After a long day of hiking, retreat to your Linville Vacation Rental
Hanging Rock near Danbury
, (Stokes County)
Encounter more than 300 species of mountain plants along miles of nature and hiking trails. The observation tower atop Moore's Knob offers rewarding panoramic views. The park offers six family vacation cabins, 73 camping grounds without hookups, showers, drinking water, eight primitive tent/group camping sites, recreational vehicle use without hookups, bathhouse (for swimming), picnic area and shelter, concession area, hiking, bridle trail, lake swimming and fishing, boat access, including canoe access, rowboat and canoe rental, rock climbing, a visitor center, an exhibit hall and educational programs. Swimming, bathhouse use and boat rental are seasonal and operational June 1 to Labor Day.
Lake James near Marion
Hike through wooded rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge and enjoy scenic views of the Black Mountain Range. The park offers showers, drinking water, 20 primitive camping sites (tent only), picnic area and shelter, concession area, hiking, lake swimming and fishing, boat access, motor boating permitted, canoe rental and educational programs. Concession area and canoe rental from June 1 to Labor Day only.
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area near Jefferson
Stroll the short nature trail through the magnificent forest, a National Natural Landmark that can be seen from your Jefferson Cabin Rental
. The park offers a picnic area and shelter, hiking and educational programs.
Mount Mitchell near Burnsville
Ascend the highest peak east of the Mississippi, rising to 6,684 feet. Visit the museum and learn about the natural and cultural history of North Carolina's first state park. The park offers nine primitive tent camping sites, a picnic area and shelter, concession area, hiking, a bridle trail bordering the park, a visitor center, a restaurant and educational programs.
New River near Jefferson
Canoe more than 26 miles of the National Wild and Scenic South Fork of the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. The park offers 32 primitive walk in/canoe camping sites (two camp areas have showers), a picnic area and shelter, hiking, river fishing, canoe access, community building and educational programs. Access to the nine Alleghany campsites is by canoe only.
Pilot Mountain North of Winston-Salem
Pilot Mountain rises 1,400 feet above the surrounding countryside. The park offers 49 family camping sites without hookups, showers, drinking water, two tent/group primitive camping sites, two canoe camping sites, recreational vehicle use without hookups, a picnic area and shelter, hiking, a bridle trail, river fishing, boat access, including canoe access, rock climbing and educational programs.
South Mountains near Morganton
Hike the rugged trail to High Shoals Falls and enjoy crystal clear waters as they plunge 80 feet into a large pool. The park offers 25 primitive camping sites, four primitive tent/group camping sites, a picnic area and shelter, hiking, a twenty-nine mile bridle trail, cycling on an eighteen-mile bike loop, river fishing and educational programs.
Stone Mountain near Roaring Gap
The weathering action of nature has created a mini-moonscape on this dome-shaped granite mass. The park offers 37 camping sites without hookups, showers, drinking water, a dump station, six primitive camping sites, six primitive tent/group camping sites, recreational vehicle use without hookups, a picnic area and three shelters (which can be reserved), hiking, a bridle trail, river fishing, rock climbing, a visitor center, an exhibit hall and educational programs.