Mountain Region State Parks People have been coming to the North Carolina mountains to enjoy their scenic beauty for generations. North Carolina's state parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains preserve iconic natural places like Mount Mitchell -- the highest peak on the east coast -- Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain, and give you the chance to enjoy some of the nation's best hiking, backpacking, fishing and more. Discover the scenic splendor at these state parks by clicking the tiles below. Chimney Rock State Park Chimney Rock, N.C. Elk Knob State Park Todd, N.C. Gorges State Park Sapphire, N.C. Grandfather Mountain State Park Banner Elk, N.C. Lake James State Park Nebo, N.C. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area West Jefferson, N.C. Mount Mitchell State Park Burnsville, N.C. New River State Park Laurel Springs, N.C. Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, N.C.