Beautiful gardens, butterflies, and landscape plants in this FREE entry arboretum in Raleigh!
North Carolina Arboretum
One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to…
Jockeys Ridge State Park
Nags Head, NC
There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets.
Chimney Rock Park
This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular…
Beech Mountain, NC
Come play a mile up! At 5,506 feet our town has many fun things to do! Come try out our free sledding hill, go ice skating, snow tubing, try skiing or snowboarding, or enjoy a…
Crowder District Park
33 acres of park fun in North Carolina, with playgrounds, sports, walking trails and a pond! Great kids fun!
Dan Nicholas Park
Come for the wildlife park, stay for the aquarium, the mini golf, the boats, the petting barn, the gem mine - a beautiful park in North Carolina for the whole family!
William B Umstead State Park
Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven William B. Umstead State Park.
Raven Rock State Park
Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit. feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the…
Singletary Lake State Park
Bring your group to Singletary Lake State Park and enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins. A portion of the unique Carolina bay ecosystem found nowhere else in the world, Singletary Lake lies…
South Mountains State Park
Connelly Springs, NC
Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.
Stone Mountain State Park
Roaring Gap, NC
Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait.
Lumber River State Park
Lumber River State Park contains 8,438 acres of land and 115 miles of state natural and scenic waters, 81 miles of which are also designated national wild and scenic waters. The park's recreation activities are…
Medoc Mountain State Park
Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5 hour drive from the Research Triangle.
Morrow Mountain State Park
Enjoy the gifts of nature surrounded by the remnants of a once mighty range of peaks. Upon first encounter, the Uwharrie Mountains may seem like a mountainous mirage. These steep, rugged hills unusual topography for…
Pettigrew State Park
With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of nature,…
Pilot Mountain State Park
Fun, from relaxation to exhilaration, is easy to find here. Treat yourself to a horseback ride through the woods or challenge the river from raft or canoe. A seven-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of…
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake…
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000 acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. One of the…
Lake James State Park
Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State Park.…
Lake Norman State Park
At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman.
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Lake Waccamaw, NC
The cool, tea-colored waters at first appear similar to other lakes in the area, but Lake Waccamaw is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. You will find here species of…
Goose Creek State Park
Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River.
Hammocks Beach State Park
Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks…
Hanging Rock State Park
Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of…
Jones Lake State Park
Venture to Jones Lake State Park and view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States the phenomenon of the Carolina bays.
Elk Knob State Park
Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system.
Dismal Swamp State Park
South Mills, NC
A historic and wild experience for the family at this lush swamp filled with wildlife, hiking trails, and kayaking. An incredibly North Carolina wonder!
Eno River State Park
Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Wake Forest, NC
Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Kure Beach, NC
Enjoy a leisurely day at the ocean shore. Comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells. Or, simply lie back on the sand and enjoy the aerial acrobatics of seagulls, terns and…
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Seven Springs, NC
At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since then,…
An amazing county park with a fishing lake, gardens, BMX race course, trails, riding stables, a golf course, and MORE!
Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve
Over 700 protected acres of nature and forest, with hiking trails, Reedy Creek Park, and a nature center with live animals and exhibits!
Boones Cave Park
Explore the cave and hiking trails spotting wildlife and flowers, visit a 170ft tall tree, plus fish, swim, canoe or kayak.
The Lazy 5 Ranch
A privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari with over 750 animals from six different continents!
Western North Carolina Nature Center
The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over 60 species of animals including river…
North Carolina Zoo
Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!
Carolina Raptor Center
Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe raptors in their aviaries, watch a presentation of live raptors and chat with our Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey.
North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island
An underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!