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Unleash Your Inner Adventurer: North Carolina’s Top State Parks

From the mountains to the sea, North Carolina state parks bless nature lovers with everything from mountain cliffs to sand dunes. Here, scenic variety satisfies even the most seasoned travelers. Whether you’ve got your sights set on mountaintop hikes or you’re hoping to cool off by the water, there’s an ideal place for everyone among the state’s 41 total parks. Grab your hiking shoes, load up on sunscreen, and get ready for an adventure. Here are the best state parks in the Tar Heel State.

Chimney Rock State Park:
Southeast of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 315-foot spire of Chimney Rock is the main draw in Chimney Rock State Park. Climb the nearly 500 steps to the very top to hit the goals on your fitness tracker, or take an elevator, which provides an accessible option to reach a bridge with amazing views just yards from this ancient rock formation. Admire the 75-mile vistas of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge; then set off on one of the many trails, including Hickory Nut Falls (where a scene from The Last of the Mohicans was filmed), to catch a glimpse of the area’s peregrine falcons. Read more…

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