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Armchair hikers can now explore Big Basin from the comfort of their preferred technological device using Google Map’s Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more people to the park and to explore new opportunities technology can offer in the fields of nature education and land management. Using 360-degree panoramas stitched together, six trails totaling 60 miles have been mapped out, including Skyline-to-the-Sea. The iconic hike, which ranks among the Bay Area’s best, starts at Castle Rock State Park and wanders downhill along diverse landscape to Waddell Beach. The mapping at Big Basin is being done for free with equipment called Google Trekker, which was first used at the Grand Canyon in 2012. To date, Google has partnered with more than 200 organizations, including tourism boards, nonprofits, researchers and government agencies internationally. They collect images from hard-to-reach places to add to Google Maps. With the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Google has put more than a dozen state parks on Google Maps. Many are in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

Sours: https://www.santacruz.org/press-blog/big-basin-redwoods-state-park-trails-now-featured-on-google-maps/

State Parks Google Earth Trail Maps

The Alaska State Parks Google Earth Trail Maps allow you to visualize the trails in 3D on google earth imagery. Navigate along trails as they cross rivers, climb passes, and summit mountains. See where to camp or stay in a public use cabin along trail. Figure out how steep a trail really is. Google Earth Map (.kml) Files are divided into individual parks.

Google Earth Software Download To open kml files, you must have Google Earth on your computer. Google Earth is available for free off the Internet. Click the Google Earth Button to go to the web site, follow the instructions and choose the appropriate type of Google Earth for your computer. Click on the park area links below for a Google Earth Trail Map.


Google Earth map of Hillside Trails

Chugach State Park
Denali State Park
Kachemak Bay State Park
Caines Head State Recreation Area
Hatcher Pass Management Area
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Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907

Sours: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aktrails/explore/astgglearthmap.htm
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Park Trail Maps

COVID-19 update: Please take a moment to read this important park update. Last Update: Sept. 30, 2021


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Virginia State Parks offer pre-printed maps that include park facilities and
trails. Parks with more extensive trail systems also offer a separate Facilities Guide and Trail Guide.

Additionally, we offer geo-referenced PDFs for all of our parks that can be accessed through a third-party app, Avenza Maps, available for Apple and Android devices.

Don’t get lost in the woods unless you want to

Did you know that certain types of PDF maps can show your exact position on a trail? These are called geo-referenced PDFs. When the map is opened using an app on your smart phone, a dot/reference point displays on the device's screen at your exact location. These maps use your GPS, not your cell signal, so they work even when you do not have service (as long as you have downloaded the map to your phone in advance). As you move along the trail, the dot will move with you. The map will guide your way for as long as your device's battery works.

In addition to providing a link to the Avenza map app, we are also providing the geo-referenced PDF itself so that advanced trail guide users can upload to their favorite app or software.


Here is how to access our geo-referenced maps:

  1. Download the Avenza app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Click the link for the park you want visit below to download the Avenza map. If you need help finding a park, visit our Find a Park list.
  3. Click on the park’s link and select Park trail guide (on the left when using a computer, on mobile click About this park and then Park trail guide). You will see a link to the paper trail guide, Avenza map, and the geo-referenced PDF.
  4. Our maps are all free. The Avenza App is free as long as you download maps from their store or upload no more than four of your own. You can download all of the Virginia State Park maps from their store and use at no cost.
  5. See YouTube videos for help with Avenza from basic use to advanced.


 



Sours: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-trail-maps

Maps

Young women use a park map
Be aware: many popular on-line maps and GPS apps DO NOT have accurate coverage of the Redwood National and State Parks area.

Frequently visitors trying to reach specific locations in the parks have been misdirected by GPS to islolated towns, logging roads in adjacent forests, or onto private property. We recommend that people use a printed map and have a good idea of their travel routes before heading the parks. Do not use the "Bald Hills Road" as a way to get to Redwood National Park.

Highway 101 runs north & south through the middle of the Parks. Highway 199 is good for access from the north-east, and Highway 299 is good access from the south-east. Once here, be sure to drive the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to experience heart of the Parks.
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Park Map (JPEG)

Prints at 8.5" x 14" (Legal size). From the official brochure for Redwood National and State Parks. Also see pages 6-7 of the Visitor Guide for a similar map but with recommended scenic drives and short walks. The Klamath River cuts across the middle of the Parks.
RNSP-North

Park Map - Northern Half (JPEG)

Prints at 8.5" x 11" (Letter size). From the official brochure for Redwood National and State Parks. Also see pages 6-7 of the Visitor Guide for a similar map but with recommended scenic drives and short walks. This map highlights the parts of the Parks north of the Klamath River.

RNSP-South

Park Map - Southern Half (JPEG)

Prints at 8.5" x 11" (Letter size). From the official brochure for Redwood National and State Parks. Also see pages 6-7 of the Visitor Guide for a similar map but with recommended scenic drives and short walks. This map highlights the part of the Parks south of the Klamath River.

Sours: https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Maps parks google state

Across North Carolina, state park staff are proud of our parks and eager to welcome you and your family. Come to our parks to marvel at our state's most beautiful natural resources, enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, and learn about the rich science, culture, and history that make our parks great.

There are 41 places that are currently part of the North Carolina State Parks system: 34 parks, four recreation areas, and three staffed state natural areas. Our state parks are Naturally Wonderful — and wonderfully diverse. From Gorges State Park on the Blue Ridge escarpment to Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, you'll find mysterious bay lakes, wild swamps, sandhills with their longleaf pine habitats, piedmont river systems, and bold mountain streams.

All state parks offer opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and nature study. Most have campgrounds and various other amenities, like picnic shelters, swim beaches, modern visitor centers, and kid-friendly exhibits. This page provides a snapshot of camping options, activities, and facilities available at each park.

Use the keyboard command Ctrl F and search for things like "backpacking" or "fishing" or "boat ramp" to quickly navigate down the page and find which park offers that particular activity, amenity, or facility.

To get a printable version of this page, please download our Naturally Wonderful brochure.

Below each park, you will find a summary of the trails, facilities, and amenities it offers that are accessible to people with disabilities. 

This page also provides the contact information for each park. For most inquiries, we encourage you to find the park you are trying to reach and call the office number or email them directly, rather than contacting the administrative office in Raleigh. Calling the park for which your inquiry is relevant will get your question or concern addressed more quickly.

View the contact information sheet for the full list of park office phone numbers and email addresses »

We have provided a quick link to Google Maps directions to each park office or visitor center. Some parks have multiple entrances or access areas, and the addresses for these areas are also conveniently listed on this page.

Click each park name to learn more about the park's trails, history, ecology, and amenities. Each park page also has a calendar of Events and Programs, as well as maps of the park you can print and download prior to your visit.

  • Visit our NC Trails program website to learn more about North Carolina state trails.

  • State natural areas, state lakes, and state rivers are also components of the North Carolina State Parks system. Learn more about them here.

  • North Carolina state forests are managed by the North Carolina Forest Service. The state forests are Bladen Lakes State Forest, Clemmons Educational State Forest, Dupont State Recreational Forest, Holmes ESF, Jordan Lake ESF, Headwaters State Forest, Mountain Island ESF, Rendezvous Mountain ESF, Turnbull Creek ESF, and Tuttle ESF.

  • The National Park Service manages the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Great Smoky Mountains, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and other national historic and recreation sites. NPS also manages the America the Beautiful Pass.

  • Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie are national forests. These are managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Map of state parks and state trails in North Carolina

Click for an interactive Google Map of North Carolina state parks

Click the image above to open an interactive Google map of all of the state parks.

List of all state parks


Carolina Beach State Park

Located in New Hanover County 10 miles south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is home to the Venus flytrap, a unique carnivorous plant. The park is known for habitats like Sugarloaf Dune, a 50-foot dune that once served as a navigational marker for river pilots, as well as three limesink ponds that each feature a unique plant community. The park's marina provides access to the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway, making the area popular for boaters and anglers.

Camping:
Camper cabins; Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (9 miles); Biking (1 mile); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Marina; Concession stand; Auditorium; Classroom; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse
A private concessionaire in the park offers kayak, canoe, paddleboard, and bike rentals.
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: two trails (Flytrap and Fitness Trails); three campsites, one of which is an RV site with full hookups; the Centennial camper cabin; a picnic table; the fishing deck and boardwalk; the bathhouse; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Carvers Creek State Park

Located in Cumberland County 15 miles northwest of Fayetteville, Carvers Creek State Park features Long Valley Farm, which was once the winter retreat of James Stillman Rockefeller, and the new Sandhills access that offers multiuse trails through beautiful longleaf pine ecosystems. The park provides plenty of opportunities for recreation and experiencing natural and cultural history. Both accesses include diverse habitats that are home to unique species like the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the Pine Barrens tree frog.

Camping:
none
Activities:
at Long Valley Farm
Hiking (3 miles); Biking (3 miles); Picnicking
at Sandhills
Hiking (10.5 miles); Biking (10.5 miles); Horseback riding (10.5 miles)
Amenities:
Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
Long Valley Farm has a wheelchair-accessible picnic table and park office. Both accesses have accessible parking and restrooms.

Chimney Rock State Park

Located in Rutherford County 25 miles southeast of Asheville, Chimney Rock State Park offers some of North Carolina's most dramatic mountain scenery, overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. At the fee-based Chimney Rock attraction, hike to Hickory Nut Falls and take an elevator or climb to the top of the park's namesake, a 315-foot freestanding rock spire. It also has the most facilities, including riverside areas, interpretive exhibits, and gift shops. The free Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock accesses provide a more rugged backcountry experience.

 828-625-1823

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Chimney Rock attraction
and park office
Rumbling Bald access
Eagle Rock access
(parking reservations required)
743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
827 Boys Camp Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746
1911 Shumont Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Camping:
None
Activities:
at Chimney Rock
Hiking (3.5 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
at Rumbling Bald
Hiking (1.5 miles); Rock climbing
at Eagle Rock
Hiking (8.5 miles); Biking (8.5 miles); Rock climbing
Amenities:
at Chimney Rock
Concession stand; Restaurants; Amphitheater; Classroom; Pavilion; Picnic shelter; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
An elevator can take visitors with limited mobility to the Sky Lounge patio level, which takes you close to Chimney Rock. From the patio level, there is a set of stairs to the top of Chimney Rock, so the chimney itself is not wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available to rent for free at the Cliffs Dwellers gift shop, located at the upper parking lot. All accesses have accessible parking, and both the main access and Rumbling Bald have accessible restrooms.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Located in Wayne County 15 miles southeast of Goldsboro, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park sits on 90-foot bluffs overlooking the Neuse River. Layers of sand, clay, seashells, shale, and gravel create a spectrum of colors on the face of the cliff. Completing the landscape are longleaf pine restoration areas and creeks that were once used to make moonshine and cornmeal and now offer quiet fishing spots. An 11-acre lake complements the river in providing opportunities for water recreation.

Camping:
Camper cabins; Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (with electric, water, and sewer hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (4 miles); Biking (3.5 miles); Paddling; Swimming (seasonal); Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Amphitheater; Auditorium; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (lake); Bathhouses (lake bathhouse is seasonal)
Accessibility:
One campsite (with RV electric, water, and sewer hookups), one cabin and the campground bathhouse are wheelchair accessible. The visitor center and the lake area (including the lake bathhouse) are also accessible. Accessible restrooms and accessible parking are provided at the picnic area and visitor center.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Located in Gaston County 25 miles west of Charlotte, Crowders Mountain State Park boasts two mountain peaks that offer magnificent views of the surrounding Piedmont. Trails offer challenging hikes and towering cliffs — and even the opportunity to traverse two states through the Ridgeline Trail, which connects to Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. A wide variety of resident birds, from songbirds to birds of prey, make the park a great spot for birdwatching.

 704-853-5375

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

Sparrow Springs access
and visitor center
Linwood Road access
Boulders access
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
4611 Linwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28086
108 Van Dyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking sites); Group tent sites (backpacking sites); Firewood
Activities:
at Sparrow Springs
Hiking (20 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
at Linwood
Hiking (4 miles); Picnicking; Rock climbing
at Boulders
Hiking (6 miles); Picnicking; Bouldering
Amenities:
Concession stand; Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trails
Accessibility:
The park has one tent campsite and one group tent campsite that are wheelchair accessible. The visitor center is also accessible. Accessible parking is available, but many parking areas are unpaved and made of hard-packed gravel.

Dismal Swamp State Park

Located in Camden County abutting the state's northeast border with Virginia, Dismal Swamp State Park provides access to the Great Dismal Swamp, the largest remaining swamp in the eastern United States. This area features unique and abundant plant life and wildlife, as well as a rich cultural history that intertwines with George Washington, the Underground Railroad, and Prohibition. The 22-mile Dismal Swamp Canal is a popular paddling destination and hosts the annual Paddle for the Border event.

Camping:
None
Activities:
Hiking (21.5 miles); Biking (21.5 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat rentals; Bike rentals; Auditorium; Classroom; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
The Swamp Boardwalk, which is the Kids TRACK Trail, is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided. The visitor center (including the auditorium, classroom, and exhibits) is accessible.

Elk Knob State Park

Located in Watauga County 11 miles north of Boone, Elk Knob State Park was established in 2003 to protect the mountain and the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River. An overlook summit rewards visitors with a panoramic view of North Carolina's high country. Backcountry campsites, located 1 to 2 miles into a cove forest with beautiful streams, offer the ultimate primitive overnight experience. In the winter, about 1 mile of ungroomed trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking sites and zone backpack camping); Group tent sites (backpacking sites); Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (5.5 miles); Picnicking; Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (about 1 mile of ungroomed trail and must bring your own equipment)
Amenities:
Amphitheater; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
Two picnic tables are wheelchair accessible. The amphitheater has an accessible ramp with a space at the end where a wheelchair can be parked. The park office is also accessible, but please note that all park roads are crushed gravel and unpaved.

Eno River State Park

Located in Durham and Orange counties 10 miles northwest of downtown Durham, Eno River State Park spans across five access areas along its namesake river. The swift, but often shallow stream of the river can make for difficult paddling but provides beautiful landmarks like the Cascades. This riparian environment is popular with anglers, birdwatchers and photographers alike. The park offers plenty of recreational opportunities just minutes from city amenities, and it is one of the state parks along the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

 919-383-1686

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Fews Ford access
and park office
Cabelands access
Cole Mill access
Pleasant Green access
Pump Station access
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705
4950 Howe St., Durham, NC 27705
4390 Old Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27712
4770 Pleasant Green Road, Durham, NC 27705
4023 Rivermont Road, Durham, NC 27712
Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking sites); Group tent sites (backpacking sites); Firewood
Activities:
at Fews Ford
Hiking (13 miles); Horseback riding (3 miles, no horse trailer parking); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
at Cole Mill
Hiking (6 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
at other accesses
Hiking (11 miles); Paddling; Fishing
Amenities:
Picnic shelters; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
Both picnic areas at Fews Ford and Cole Mill have wheelchair-accessible tables. The park office at Fews Ford has a ramp. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at Fews Ford and Cole Mill accesses.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Located in Durham and Wake counties 15 miles east of downtown Durham, Falls Lake State Recreation Area provides seven access areas to the reservoir. More than 300 campsites offer a variety of overnight experiences. Trails include a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, as well as one of the premier mountain bike trail systems in the Triangle area, located at Beaverdam access. During the spring and fall, migrating monarch butterflies add to the picturesque beauty of the lake.

919-676-1027

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

Visitor center
Beaverdam
Highway 50
Rolling View
Sandling Beach
(seasonal)
B.W. Wells campground
Holly Point campground
Shinleaf campground
13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
13900 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
4201 Baptist Road, Durham, NC 27703
14601 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
1630 Bent Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
14424 New Light Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
13708 New Light Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Not every access has all the listed amenities and facilities. Please check park page and maps for more information.
Camping:
Tent sites (including backpacking sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups); Group tent sites (including backpacking sites); Dump stations; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (25 miles); Biking (14 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramps; Amphitheaters; Community building; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trails; Beach accesses (lake); Bathhouses
A privately owned marina next to Rolling View access offers a concession stand, marina slips and storage, and kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals.
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one campsite per loop at Holly Point (four with RV electric and water hookups); one campsite per loop at Rolling View (two with RV electric and water hookups); all picnic shelters at Beaverdam, Rolling View, and Sandling Beach; fishing piers at Beaverdam and Rolling View; swim beaches at Beaverdam, Rolling View, and Sandling Beach; the community building; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at each access.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Located in New Hanover County 20 miles south of Wilmington, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is the only park in the system that allows four-wheel-drive beach access, making it popular for surf fishing. Warm weather months bring loggerhead sea turtles to nest along the park's sandy shores. A trail traverses the salt marsh and ends at an observation deck with views of Zeke's Island and the Cape Fear River. The marsh, brimming with wildlife, provides plenty of watching opportunities for birders and photographers year-round.

Camping:
none
Activities:
Hiking (1 mile); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking; Four-wheel-drive beach driving
Amenities:
Classroom; Beach access (ocean); Foot rinse station
A boat ramp managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is located 2 miles away at the end of Fort Fisher Boulevard (U.S. 421) and provides boat access to the Cape Fear River. A private concessionaire in the park offers bike rentals, as well as beach chair and umbrella rentals.
Accessibility:
There is a boardwalk ramp that takes visitors to the park office and beach area. Some picnic tables at the park are wheelchair accessible. A beach wheelchair is available to rent for free from the park office. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Fort Macon State Park

Located in Carteret County 40 miles southeast of New Bern, Fort Macon State Park is centered on an impeccably restored pre-Civil War fort that offers daily guided tours and cannon and musket demonstrations. Extensive exhibits educate visitors on fort history and the natural surroundings. The beach is perfect for swimming, beachcombing, or even spotting a dolphin or two. Trails traverse the salt marsh and dune fields and provide the opportunity to see one of the 312 species of birds found in the park.

Camping:
none
Activities:
Hiking (4 miles); Biking (4 miles); Paddling (ocean beach); Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Concession stand (seasonal); Visitor center; Exhibits; Beach accesses (ocean and inlet); Bathhouse (seasonal); Foot rinse station
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: the bathhouse and beachside concession and picnic areas; lower portions of the fort; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at the beach area and at the visitor center. A beach wheelchair is available to rent for free. Some exhibits and videos provide accessibility for those with hearing or vision loss.

Goose Creek State Park

Located in Beaufort County 30 miles southeast of Greenville, Goose Creek State Park offers a broad range of coastal experiences, from wetlands along the Pamlico Sound to a cypress swamp viewed from a long boardwalk. Remnants of boat piers, a trackless railroad bed, and burnt remains of tar kilns provide a glimpse of the heyday of a lumber industry that was once the center of life in the area. The park's estuarine habitats can be explored on foot or by paddling the Pamlico River.

Camping:
Camper cabins; Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (all with electric, water, and sewer hookups); Group tent sites; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (8.5 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Amphitheater; Auditorium; Outdoor classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Beach access (river); Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: the Palmetto Boardwalk Trail; one primitive campsite; one RV campsite with electric, water, and sewer hookups; one camper cabin; both group campsites; picnic shelters and tables; the outdoor classroom; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Gorges State Park

Located in Transylvania County near the tripoint where North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia meet, Gorges State Park sports plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges and sheer rock precipices. Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of the park, from backpacking to horseback riding. This park located in the Blue Ridge Escarpment spans over 8,000 acres of temperate rainforest and hosts extraordinary biodiversity. The park features 26 waterfalls, the northern boundary of Lake Jocassee and a portion of the 70-mile Foothills Trail.

Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking sites); Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (56 miles); Biking (17 miles); Horseback riding (12 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits
Accessibility:
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible and has exhibits that are accessible to those with vision loss. A few picnic tables can accommodate wheelchairs. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Located in Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga counties 20 miles southwest of Boone, Grandfather Mountain State Park showcases a stunning mountain known for severe weather and challenging terrain that has hikers scrambling along cliffs, gripping cables and climbing up ladders. It also boasts an unmatched ecological diversity that has been recognized as a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The state parkland sits between privately owned Grandfather Mountain attraction (admission fee charged) and Blue Ridge Parkway trails managed by the National Park Service.

 828-963-9522

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Park office
Profile Trail parking area
9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604
4198 N.C. 105 N., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Other accesses

Please note that the accesses listed below are not managed by Grandfather Mountain State Park.
Boone Fork parking area
(National Park Service)
Asutsi Trail parking area
​(National Park Service)
Grandfather Mountain
Stewardship Foundation
(fee charged)
Mile marker 299.9, Blue Ridge Parkway, Banner Elk, NC 28604
GPS: 36.120076, -81.781358
Blowing Rock Highway (U.S. 221), Blowing Rock, NC 28605
GPS: 36.11639, -81.77732
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking sites); Group tent sites (backpacking sites); Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (13 miles)
Amenities:
none
Accessibility:
The park office is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at the park office and at the Profile Trail parking area.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Located in Onslow County 20 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Hammocks Beach State Park comprises a mainland area and three barrier islands, including the 4-mile-long Bear Island. A passenger ferry transports visitors to the pristine beach that provides an opportunity to camp oceanside — an experience unique amongst North Carolina's state parks. Alternatively, visitors can rent or bring their own kayak or canoe for a closer exploration of the marshlands and maritime swamp forests that surround the park's island areas.

Camping:
Tent sites (backpacking via ferry or paddle-in); Group sites (backpacking via ferry or paddle-in); Showers
Activities:
Hiking (2.3 miles of trails mainland; 4 miles of beach); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Concession stand (seasonal); Auditorium; Gazebo; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (ocean); Bathhouse
A private concessionaire in the park offers kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided kayak and paddleboard tours.
Accessibility:
The passenger ferry is wheelchair accessible. The visitor center has a ramp, and the auditorium inside has an assistive listening system for those with hearing loss. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Hanging Rock State Park

Located in Stokes County 30 miles north of Winston-Salem, Hanging Rock State Park started as a Civilian Conservation Corps project and has become a park that offers every part of a traditional outdoor experience. Trails lead to picturesque mountain views, rock outcrops, waterfalls, and even a mountain cave. Some are open to horseback riding and mountain biking, and a portion is part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. Campgrounds, a swim lake and access to paddling on the Dan River complete the gamut of recreational opportunities.

 336-593-8480

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

Park entrance
Visitor center
Lake bathhouse
Lower Cascades parking area
Dan River access
Tory's Den parking area
Climbing access
Mountain biking access
1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC 27016
1005 Visitor Center Drive, Westfield, NC 27053
2847 Hanging Rock Park Road, Westfield, NC 27053
2143 Hall Road, Westfield, NC 27053
1258 Flinchum Road, Danbury, NC 27016
1185 Charlie Young Road, Westfield, NC 27053
1035 Climbing Access Drive, Westfield, NC 27053
2568 Moores Spring Road, Westfield, NC 27053
Camping:
Vacation cabins; Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (no hookups); Group tent sites; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (48 miles); Biking (15 miles); Horseback riding (6 miles); Paddling; Swimming (seasonal); Fishing; Picnicking; Rock climbing
Amenities:
Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (lake, seasonal); Bathhouse (seasonal)
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one campsite; two vacation cabins; the bathhouse; a picnic shelter; fishing pier; and the visitor center. The Rock Garden Trail and the path from the swim lake parking lot to the fishing pier are both made of asphalt and are accessible. There is an accessible walkway from the bathhouse to the swim beach and boathouse. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Haw River State Park

Located in Guilford and Rockingham counties 15 miles north of Greensboro, Haw River State Park is a unique park that centers on The Summit, a residential environmental education and conference center, accommodating retreats and conferences for groups big or small. The park is also perfect for day-use visitors looking to explore the headwaters of the Haw River. Trails and a boardwalk offer a journey into wetlands and a floodplain swamp, where visitors may see great blue herons and a bounty of other animals.

Camping:
The park does not have traditional camping facilities. Please see "Amenities" for more information on overnight facilities.
Activities:
at The Summit
Hiking (2.5 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
at Iron Ore Belt
Hiking (4 miles); Picnicking
Amenities:
Day-use at The Summit
Visitor center; Amphitheater; Conference rooms; Kids TRACK Trail (Disc golf course)
The Summit offers full-service dining and lodging in motels and cabins for groups of 10 to 180. There are several meeting spaces of varying sizes, a gymnasium, an athletic field, disc golf, an outdoor pool, and a challenge course.
The park also hosts the award-winning annual Grand Camp for kids and their grandparents, as well as two summer day camps.
Accessibility:
All buildings have a ramp or level entrance. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at both The Summit and Iron Ore Belt accesses. None of our trails are accessible.

Jockey's Ridge State Park

Located in Dare County in the Outer Banks, Jockey's Ridge State Park is home to the tallest living sand dune system on the Atlantic coast and provides an ideal location for flying kites and watching sunsets. Hang gliding is a hallmark activity at the park, and a private concessionaire offers lessons. A second access area takes visitors through wetland habitats and allows for swimming, paddling, kiteboarding, and windsurfing on the Roanoke Sound. The park also marks the eastern terminus of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

Camping:
none
Activities:
at main access
Hiking (1 mile); Picnicking; Hang gliding
at soundside access
Hiking (0.75 mile); Paddling; Swimming; Kiteboarding; Windsurfing
Amenities:
Auditorium; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (Roanoke Sound); Foot rinse station
A private concessionaire located inside the park provides hang gliding and kite flying lessons, as well as sandboard rentals.
Accessibility:
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided. With 24-hour notice, park staff can provide a ride to the top of the dune on an all-terrain vehicle for those with limited mobility. Please contact the park office to schedule.

Jones Lake State Park

Located in Bladen County 40 miles southeast of Fayetteville, Jones Lake State Park opened as the first state park to welcome African Americans and has since been a community destination for picnicking, swimming, hiking, and paddling. Tea-colored waters hide the shallow depth of the lake, which reaches to just 8 feet. Jones Lake and the adjacent Salters Lake are two of the mysterious geological formations known as Carolina bays, a series of elliptical depressions along the Atlantic coast, the origins of which are unknown.

Camping:
Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water and sewer hookups); Group tent sites; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (6 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Beach access (lake); Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: two campsites (one with electric, water, and sewer hookups); the bathhouse; the picnic shelter; and the visitor center. Beach wheelchairs are available to rent for free to use on the lake beach area. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided. There is also braille signage on doors.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Located in Chatham County 30 miles west of downtown Raleigh, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area includes seven access areas that provide plenty of camping, boating, and swimming opportunities. Campers have more than 1,000 campsites at five accesses to choose from, whether they use a tent, trailer, or RV, and whether they camp with family, friends, or a group. The beautiful lake is one of the largest summertime homes of the bald eagle, and an observation platform makes for easy spotting of our national bird.

919-362-0586

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

Visitor center
Ebenezer Church
New Hope Overlook
Seaforth
Crosswinds campground
Parkers Creek campground
Poplar Point campground
Vista Point campground
White Oak recreation area
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523
2582 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502
339 W.H. Jones Road, New Hill, NC 27562
Seaforth Beach Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312
389 Farrington Road, Apex, NC 27502
Parkers Creek Beach Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
558 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502
2498 N. Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312
White Oak Beach Road, Apex, NC 27523
Not every access has all the listed amenities and facilities. Please check park page and maps for more information.
Camping:
Tent sites (including backpacking sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups); Group tent sites; Group RV sites; Dump stations; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (15 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramps; Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach accesses (lake); Bathhouse
A privately owned marina near Crosswinds campground provides slips and storage, and fishing boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals.
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one campsite per loop at Crosswinds (two with RV electric and water hookups); one campsite at Loops 1, 2 and 4 at Parkers Creek (all with RV electric and water hookups); 11 campsites at Poplar Point (seven of which have RV electric and water hookups); one group campsite at Parkers Creek and one at Vista Point; all picnic shelters at Ebenezer Church, Parkers Creek, and Vista Point; one picnic shelter at Seaforth; all swim beaches; the White Oak recreation area; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at each access.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Located in Vance and Warren counties at North Carolina's north-central border with Virginia, Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of eight access areas around the shoreline of this 50,000-acre reservoir. Campers can choose from seven campgrounds and hundreds of campsites to enjoy a serene night by the lake. All access areas provide at least one boat ramp, offering access to one of the best fishing lakes in the eastern United States. Amenities like the community buildings provide popular venues for local gatherings.

252-438-7791

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

Satterwhite Point
and visitor center
Bullocksville
County Line
Henderson Point
Hibernia
J.C. Cooper campground
Kimball Point
Nutbush Bridge North
Nutbush Bridge South
6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, NC 27537
3050 Bullocksville Park Road, Manson, NC 27553
200 County Line Park Road, Manson, NC 27553
1427 Reverend Henderson Road, Henderson, NC 27537
2041 Hibernia Road, Henderson, NC 27537
20 Shoreline Lane, Henderson, NC 27537
460 Kimball Point Road, Manson, NC 27553
115 Jack Wade Farm Lane, Henderson, NC 27537
135 Jack Wade Farm Lane, Henderson, NC 27537
Not every access has all the listed amenities and facilities. Please check park page and maps for more information.
Camping:
Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (3 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramps; Amphitheater; Community buildings; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach accesses (lake); Bathhouses
A privately owned marina at Satterwhite Point (Satterwhite Point Marina) offers fuel, slips, dry stack storage, service, and supplies.
Another privately owned marina near Hibernia (Steele Creek Marina) also offers fuel, slips, and supplies, as well as boat, paddleboard, and kayak rentals. A 54-site campground is also located at Steele Creek Marina.
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: campsites (all RV with electric and water hookups, except for 2 non-electric sites at Henderson Point) at Bullocksville (1), County Line (1), Henderson Point (5), Hibernia (1), JC Cooper (3), Kimball Point (1), and Nutbush Bridge (2); two picnic shelters at Bullocksville and two at Satterwhite Point; the fishing piers at Bullocksville and Henderson Point; the community buildings at Bullocksville, Henderson Point, and Satterwhite Point; and the visitor center. A beach wheelchair for the swim beach area at Satterwhite Point is available to rent for free. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at each access.

Lake James State Park

Located in Burke and McDowell counties 50 miles northeast of Asheville, Lake James State Park includes two areas to access this picturesque lake that is perfect for boating, swimming, and fishing. Campsites at both Catawba River and Paddy's Creek accesses provide an opportunity to spend the night by the lake, with some sites accessible only by paddling. Trails include bike trails at Paddy's Creek, the kid-friendly Holly Discovery Trail, the historic Overmountain Victory Trail, and the Fonta Flora State Trail.

 828-584-7728

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Paddy's Creek access
Catawba River access
and park office
Hidden Cove boat ramp
Canal Bridge boat ramp
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo, NC 28761
2785 N.C. 126, Nebo, NC 28761
3381 N.C. 126, Nebo, NC 28761
9182 N.C. 126, Nebo, NC 28761
Camping:
Tent sites (including paddle-in sites); Showers (not at paddle-in only sites); Firewood
Activities:
at Paddy's Creek
Hiking (22 miles); Biking (14 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
at Catawba River
Hiking (4.5 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramps; Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Amphitheater; Picnic shelters; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (lake, seasonal); Bathhouse (seasonal)
Accessibility:
The concession area, fishing pier, and both picnic shelters at Paddy's Creek are wheelchair accessible. The picnic shelter and park office at Catawba River are also accessible. The park has four accessible campsites: two at Paddy's Creek and two at Catawba River. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at both accesses.

Lake Norman State Park

Located in Iredell County 40 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman State Park boasts the region's popular mountain biking trail system, the Itusi Trail, offering nearly 31 miles of single-track trail. The namesake lake is the largest manmade lake within the state, and the park covers about 17 miles of its northern shoreline. Park Lake, set off from the larger Lake Norman by a dam, offers quiet fishing spots and paddling. Heron rookeries on two islands shelter over 25 great blue heron nests.

Camping:
Camper cabins; Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (some with water, electric, and sewer hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (38 miles); Biking (30.5 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Auditorium; Classroom; Community building; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (lake); Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: Dragonfly Trail; the fishing pier near the swim beach; all four picnic shelters; the community building; and the visitor center. One campsite, one camper cabin, and the bathhouse at the camping area are also accessible. A beach wheelchair is available to rent for free to use at the swim beach. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided throughout the park.

Lake Waccamaw State Park

Located in Columbus County 25 miles west of Wilmington, Lake Waccamaw State Park sits on the shores of the largest Carolina bay. There are 500,000 of these mysterious craters, and the lake is one of the few that contains open water instead of vegetation. A limestone bluff reduces the lake's acidity, making it an ideal home for several aquatic species that are found nowhere else in the world. A new pedestrian bridge over Waccamaw Dam allows visitors to travel the lake's entire 14-mile shoreline.

Camping:
Tent sites; Group tent sites; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (10 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Auditorium; Classroom; Visitor center; Exhibits
A second boat ramp managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is located on the northwest part of Lake Waccamaw.
Accessibility:
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible and has Braille signage. The boardwalk near the visitor center is also accessible, and the picnic area along the way has some tables that can accommodate wheelchairs. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Lumber River State Park

Located in Columbus, Robeson, Scotland, and Hoke counties 60 miles south of Fayetteville, Lumber River State Park has two access areas located about 1 hour from each other: Princess Ann and Chalk Banks. Possibilities for paddling on this 115-mile river are extraordinary. An abundance of wildlife and plant life, including the belted kingfisher and the rare Carolina bogmint, helped Lumber River earn federal designation as a National Wild and Scenic River, the only blackwater river in the state to have that honor.

Camping:
Tent sites (including paddle-in sites); Group tent sites
Activities:
at Princess Ann
Hiking (2 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
at Chalk Banks
Hiking (3 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramps (both accesses); Picnic shelter (Princess Ann); Kids TRACK Trail (Princess Ann)
Accessibility:
One campsite at each access is wheelchair accessible. The picnic shelter and the park office, both located at Princess Ann, are also accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided at both accesses.

Mayo River State Park

Located in Rockingham County 30 miles northwest of Greensboro, Mayo River State Park offers various recreational opportunities at the main Mayo Mountain access and at multiple accesses along the Mayo River. At the main access, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, fishing ponds, a picnic area and shelter, and a group campsite. Four accesses — Deshazo Mill, Anglin Mill, Hickory Creek, and Mayodan — allow entry to the river, home to rich wildlife and Class II rapids. Deshazo Mill also features a picturesque waterfall on Fall Creek.

 336-427-2530

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Mayo Mountain access
and park office
Deshazo Mill access
Anglin Mill access
Hickory Creek access
Mayodan access
500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan, NC 27027
113 Deshazo Road, Stoneville, NC 27048
Anglin Mill Road, Stoneville, NC 27048
Tyne Road, Stoneville, NC 27048
N.C. 135, Mayodan, NC 27027
Camping:
at Mayo Mountain access only
Group tent sites; Firewood
Activities:
at Mayo Mountain access
Hiking (2 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
at other access
Hiking (2+ miles); Fishing; Paddling
Amenities:
Picnic shelter; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
The park office and the picnic shelter are wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Medoc Mountain State Park

Located in Halifax County 30 miles northwest of Rocky Mount, Medoc Mountain State Park stands on the 325-foot remnant of a once-mighty mountain range from 350 million years ago. Instead of a typical "mountain" adventure, visitors can enjoy picnicking in the park's open meadow, fishing on Little Fishing Creek, and traversing the trails on foot, bike, or horse. Uncommon species such as Lewis' heartleaf and the Neuse River waterdog call the park home.

Camping:
Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (some with electric hookups); Equestrian campsites; Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (29 miles); Biking (9 miles); Horseback riding (10 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Classroom; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trails; Bathhouse; Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
The picnic shelter and the visitor center are wheelchair accessible. Three campsites (one equestrian and two RV with electric hookups) are also accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Merchants Millpond State Park

Located in Gates County 10 miles south of North Carolina's northeastern border with Virginia, Merchants Millpond State Park centers on a 760-acre millpond more than 190 years old. Hiking the surrounding trails or paddling the placid, shallow waters of the pond offer a great way to explore this wetland environment. Old-growth cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss create an "enchant forest," particularly at Lassiter Swamp. Visitors have even spotted the American alligator here, at the northernmost point of its range.

Camping:
Tent sites (including backpacking sites and paddle-in sites); Trailer sites; Group tent sites (including paddle-in only sites); Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (10 miles); Biking (5 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Boat rentals; Auditorium; Classroom; Outdoor classroom; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: Cypress Point Trail; the outdoor classroom; the picnic shelter; and the visitor center (including indoor classroom and auditorium). Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Morrow Mountain State Park

Located in Stanly County 50 miles northeast of Charlotte, Morrow Mountain State Park provides a myriad of adventures from the summit of the namesake mountain, along the banks of the Yadkin River State Trail, and to the shores of Lake Tillery. The mountain is a study in geologic wonder — with Native American artifacts made of rhyodacite to argillite mined by the Civilian Conservation Corps to create many of the park's structures. One of these CCC-built structures is the state parks system's only day-use swimming pool.

Camping:
Vacation cabins; Tent sites (including backpacking sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (37 miles); Horseback riding (19 miles); Paddling; Swimming (pool, seasonal); Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Boat rentals (seasonal); Concession stand (seasonal); Amphitheater; Community building; Picnic shelters; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse; Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one vacation cabin; six campsites (all with RV electric hookups); one group tent site; the campground showers; the fishing pier; the swimming pool and bathhouse; one picnic shelter (lower picnic area); the community building; and the park office. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided throughout the park.

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Located in Ashe County 25 miles northeast of Boone, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area surrounds a natural landmark that offers vistas as far as Tennessee from its overlooks and Luther Rock. The mountain, first spotted from the Blue Ridge Parkway, rises abruptly from the surrounding landscape. Over 700 plants call the park home, including the Dutchman's pipevine, which is visited by the beautiful swallowtail butterfly and its distinct black and orange-spiked caterpillar. The park's winding road to the summit hosts an annual downhill skateboarding event.

Camping:
none
Activities:
Hiking (5 miles); Picnicking
Amenities:
Picnic shelter; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
The park office, including the restrooms there, is wheelchair accessible. The picnic shelter is also accessible, but the restroom nearby is not. No trails are accessible, but the park road has pull-offs for overlooks that provide great views from the mountain. Accessible parking is provided.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Located in Yancy County 30 miles northeast of Asheville, Mount Mitchell State Park was the genesis of North Carolina's state parks system. At 6,684 feet, the mountain is the highest point east of the Mississippi River, and an observation deck provides breathtaking mountain views on a clear day. Easy trails at the summit explore the Fraser fir forest, while a vast network of challenging trails — including the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail — extend into adjacent wilderness areas and lead to backpacking opportunities within Pisgah National Forest.

Camping:
Tent sites; Firewood
The park also offers access and overnight parking for campers who are backpacking into the Pisgah National Forest. Please note that the backpacking sites are not within Mount Mitchell State Park property.
Activities:
Hiking (40 miles); Picnicking
Amenities:
Concession stand (seasonal); Restaurant (seasonal); Classroom (seasonal depending on programming); Lounge (seasonal); Picnic shelters; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: both picnic shelters; the restaurant; the gift shop/concession stand/museum; and the park office. The Summit Trail is paved, but the grade of the path exceeds the guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Park staff can take visitors with limited mobility to the observation deck on an all-terrain vehicle (Available depending on staff availability. From July to October, this service is offered on Fridays through Sundays. At any other day or time of the year, visitors may call the park office several days in advance of their visit to schedule this assistance). Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

New River State Park

Located in Ashe and Alleghany counties 35 miles northeast of Boone, New River State Park covers seven accesses along this National Wild and Scenic River that flows north through three states. Elk Shoals has a swim beach, and all accesses allow for launching kayaks and inner tubes to paddle or float along the shallow, gentle river. Paddle-in only campgrounds provide a remote experience. The hellbender — the largest salamander in the U.S. — and 14 species of rare and threatened plant species inhabit the New River valley.

 336-982-2587

[email protected]

Directions to visitor center

Addresses

U.S. 221 access
and visitor center
Wagoner access
Kings Creek access
Elk Shoals access
358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
1477 Wagoner Access Road, Jefferson, NC 28640
2250 Kings Creek Road, Piney Creek, NC 28663
349 Methodist Camp Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Not every access has all the listed amenities and facilities. Please check park page and maps for more information.
Camping:
Tent sites (including paddle-in sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups); Group tent sites (including backpacking sites and paddle-in only sites); Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (9 miles); Paddling; Swimming (Elk Shoals access only); Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Classrooms; Conference room; Community building; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Beach access (river, at Elk Shoals access only); Bathhouses
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: the Dogwood Trail at U.S. 221; both picnic shelters at Wagoner and U.S. 221; one picnic table at Elk Shoals access; the community building; and the visitor center. Two campsites at the U.S. 221 drive-in campground are accessible, both of which have RV electric, water, and sewer hookups. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Located in Orange County 15 miles northwest of downtown Durham, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area offers a quick escape into nature with trails winding through forests of mountain laurel and rhododendron. Two quiet fishing ponds complement the nearby Eno, while the summit overlook affords a great sunset view. The rare brown elfin butterfly has called the mountain home since the Ice Age. The park is managed by the Eno River State Park office located 10 miles away.

Camping:
none
Activities:
Hiking (3 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
none
Accessibility:
There are no marked accessible parking spaces at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, and the parking area is crushed gravel. The restroom is wheelchair accessible.

Pettigrew State Park

Located in Washington and Tyrell counties 75 miles northeast of Greenville, Pettigrew State Park showcases the rich habitat of Lake Phelps and the Scuppernong River, home to wintering tundra swans and cypress trees with cavernous archways. It showcases a rich history, from dugout canoes thousands of years old that have been dredged up from the lake, as well as the nearby Somerset Place, a State Historic Site that preserves a vast plantation worked by hundreds of enslaved persons.

Camping:
Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (no hookups); Group tent sites; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (9 miles); Biking (9 miles); Paddling; Swimming; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat ramp; Picnic shelter; Exhibits; Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The Boardwalk Trail and the fishing pier are both wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Pilot Mountain State Park

Located in Surry and Yadkin counties 20 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain State Park centers around the iconic geologic knob that serves as a beacon inviting outdoor enthusiasts to a vast array of activities. The park offers a gamut of outdoor recreational activities, from hiking and horseback riding to rock climbing and camping, with accesses on both the rugged terrain of the monadnock and the Yadkin River. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail also traverses both park sections.

336-444-5100

[email protected]

Directions to park office

Addresses

Mountain section
and visitor center
Pinnacle Hotel Road/
Culler Road parking
(Mountain & Corridor trails)
Hauser Road parking
(Corridor Trail & north river section)
Pilot Creek access
(Pilot Creek Trail)
Bean Shoals access
(north river section)
Ivy Bluff access
(south river section)
Shoals fishing area
(south river section
fishing & paddling access)
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
134 Culler Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
622 Hauser Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
382 Boyd Nelson Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
103 Yadkin River Park Trail, Pinnacle, NC 27043
4240 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC 27018
4454 Shoals Road, East Bend, NC 27018
Camping:
at the mountain section
Tent sites; Trailer and RV sites (no hookups); Showers; Firewood
at the river section
Tent sites (paddle-in)
Activities:
at mountain section
Hiking (14 miles); Picnicking; Rock climbing
at river section
Hiking (14 miles); Horseback riding (9 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Amphitheater; Picnic shelter (non-reservable); Kids TRACK Trail; Horse trailer parking (at Pinnacle Hotel Road/Culler Road parking area and at Hauser Road parking area)
Accessibility:
The summit area at the mountain section of the park has a wheelchair-accessible overlook, and the picnic area has an accessible path. Accessible parking is provided at the visitor center and at the summit.

Raven Rock State Park

Located in Harnett County 40 miles southwest of Raleigh, Raven Rock State Park celebrates the namesake 150-foot crystalline structure that overlooks the Cape Fear River. The trails along the bluffs that lead to the rock are dotted with beautiful wildflowers including mountain laurel. Alternate hikes towards the river reward visitors with landmarks like Lanier Falls Rapids, Fish Traps Rapids, and the remains of the Northington Lock and Dam. North of the river, near Avents Creek, a separate access features the park's popular bridle trails.

Camping:
Camper cabins; Tent sites (including backpacking sites and paddle-in sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups); Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (26 miles); Biking (6.6 miles); Horseback riding (8 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Horse trailer parking; Bathhouse
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: Longleaf Loop Trail; one RV campsite with full hookups; one camper cabin; two tables inside the picnic shelter; one of the grills at the picnic shelter; the bathhouse; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Singletary Lake State Park

Located in Bladen County 50 miles northwest of Wilmington, Singletary Lake State Park was developed as a group camp but has recently expanded public access for hiking, fishing, and paddling. The trademark camps provide a unique experience for organized groups to unite in work and play in the midst of the unique Carolina bay environment, complete with dormitory-style cabins, a mess hall, and a 500-foot pier for swimming. The park office also manages limited access to nearby White Lake and Bay Tree Lake.

Camping:
Vacation cabin (accommodates up to 11 people)
Activities:
Day-use
Hiking (1 mile); Paddling; Fishing
Amenities:
Kids TRACK Trail
Two group camps – one that can accommodate up to 84 people and the other up to 48 people – include a mess hall; campers' cabins; restrooms; basketball goal; volleyball net; horseshoe pit; group-sized charcoal grill; and picnic tables. The pier is open for swimming for group campers only.
Accessibility:
Both group camps are wheelchair accessible. The park office is also accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

South Mountains State Park

Located in Burke County 55 miles east of Asheville, South Mountains State Park is situated at the crossroads of the Appalachian Mountains and the Foothills to provide the ultimate backcountry experience. The park boasts elevations up to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, and nearly 50 miles of trail for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. Water recreation is offered via the Jacob Fork River, which hosts designated trout waters, or to the far west at the separate Clear Creek access that features the namesake lake.

Camping:
at Jacob Fork access only
Tent sites (including backpacking sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric hookups); Equestrian campsites; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
at Jacob Fork access
Hiking (47 miles); Biking (17 miles); Horseback riding (35 miles); Fishing; Picnicking
at Clear Creek access
Hiking (3.5 miles); Horseback riding (2 miles); Paddling; Fishing
Amenities:
Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelter; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse; Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one equestrian campsite with RV electric hookup; one RV campsite with electric hookup; the Jacob Fork picnic area; the picnic shelter; and the visitor center. Accessible parking and restrooms are Jacob Fork access.

Stone Mountain State Park

Located in Alleghany and Wilkes counties 60 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, Stone Mountain State Park is home to the 600-foot granite dome that is a designated National Natural Landmark and the historic Hutchinson Homestead, a restored mid-19th-century farm situated at the mountain base. The park offers nearly all types of outdoor activity to experience a high country landscape adorned with beautiful waterfalls, winding creeks, and bountiful trout streams. A portion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail runs through the park near the backcountry campsites.

Camping:
Tent sites (including backpacking sites); Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups); Group tent sites; Dump station; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (29 miles); Horseback riding (10 miles); Fishing; Picnicking; Rock climbing
Amenities:
Amphitheater; Picnic shelters; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse; Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: 16 campsites with no hookups; two campsites with RV electric, water, and sewer hookups; one group tent site; one fishing pier along the East Prong of the Roaring River; all three picnic shelters; and the park office. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Located in Moore County 35 miles northwest of Fayetteville, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve allows visitors to experience the longleaf pine forests that once covered millions of acres in the southeastern United States. The lanky pines — some of them hundreds of years old — tower over a network of trails that traverse expanses of wiregrass. Rare and intriguing species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the fox squirrel, the Sandhills pyxie-moss, the pine snake, and the insectivorous purple pitcher plant, characterize the park's extraordinary plant and wildlife.

Camping:
none
Activities:
at Weymouth Woods
Hiking (7 miles); Horseback riding (2.5 miles, no horse trailer parking); Picnicking
at Boyd
Hiking (1 mile); Picnicking
at Paint Hill
Hiking (1 mile)
Amenities:
Auditorium; Classroom; Discovery room; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail
Accessibility:
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the classroom. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

William B. Umstead State Park

Located in Wake County 10 miles northwest of downtown Raleigh, William B. Umstead State Park is a cherished retreat from bustling urban life. The park features an extensive network of hiking and multiuse trails, as well as three manmade lakes and their tributaries that are perfect for fishing. Both park entrances offer picnic shelters, and Crabtree Creek offers camping areas. Group camps, primitive cabins, and the historic Maple Hill Lodge let visitors experience a rustic overnight experience without typical modern camping amenities.

Camping:
Primitive cabins; Maple Hill Lodge; Tent sites; Group tent sites; Group camps; Showers; Firewood
Activities:
Hiking (34.5 miles); Biking (13 miles); Horseback riding (13 miles); Paddling; Fishing; Picnicking
Amenities:
Boat rentals (seasonal); Amphitheater; Auditorium; Classroom; Picnic shelters; Visitor center; Exhibits; Kids TRACK Trail; Bathhouse; Horse trailer parking
Accessibility:
The following amenities and facilities are wheelchair accessible: one picnic shelter at Crabtree Creek; one picnic shelter at Reedy Creek; and the visitor center. At the visitor center, the auditorium and classroom are accessible, and the exhibits have some signs in large print to aid those with vision loss. The lower parking lot at Crabtree Creek leads to a paved loop around the picnic area and the boathouse. Accessible parking and restrooms are provided.

Sours: https://www.ncparks.gov/find-a-park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Google Maps Street View Launch

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Thanks to the loan of a Google Street View Trekker camera, Arizona State Parks & Trails staff have been capturing the views from more than 30 of our most prominent trails across the state.

Arizona State Parks and Trails staff have been using the Google R7 Trekker Camera to capture in detail the more than 175 miles of trails in and connecting to state parks across Arizona. The data will be posted on Google Earth and Google Maps, so visitors can plan the perfect hiking adventure. 

Not all trails are a round-trip and mapping them often required walking miles out to the end of a trail, then backtracking to start another leg. In all, the team estimates they walked an extra 50 miles crisscrossing their paths to capture an entire trail system.

The dedicated team walked over 200 miles, over 31 days, carrying the Trekker, which weighs 45 pounds and includes 15 individual lenses to capture a 360-degree view of each trail. The data will help visitors understand the difficulty of trails, topography, and what to expect to see along the route, as well as the accessibility of the trail. The project also had the added value of identifying any trails in need of maintenance or repair in the park system.

Once all trail data has been collected, it will be sent to Google for processing and uploading to the existing Earth and Maps databases for free use by the public.

 

 

Sours: https://azstateparks.com/google-hike

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