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N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input on Elk Knob State Park Master Plan

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Division of Parks and Recreation (Division) is seeking public input on the Elk Knob State Park Master Plan. The Master Plan will be a twenty-year plan that covers the entire state park, which contains over 4,200 acres spanning Watauga and Ashe Counties. The park is sited within the Amphibolite Mountains, an ecological hotspot of global significance.

Multi-Use Trail System to Open at Carvers Creek State Park

Monday, April 29, 2019

A new multi-use trail system will open Saturday, May 4 at Carvers Creek State Park’s Sandhills access in Cumberland County. The trails will allow hikers, cyclists, and equestrians to explore the park, which opened to the public in 2013. 

First Day Hikes Break State Park Records

Thursday, January 3, 2019

First Day Hikes offered at all of North Carolina’s state parks on New Year’s Day brought a record 3,859 people to join 57 guided hikes across the state.

State Parks to Ring in New Year with First Day Hikes

Thursday, December 20, 2018

North Carolina’s New Year tradition of family adventure, exercise and reconnection with nature continues in 2019 with First Day Hikes throughout the state parks system on Jan. 1.

Master Plan Finalized for Hanging Rock State Park

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A master plan for the expansion and future management of Hanging Rock State Park has been approved by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The master plan was developed with extensive public input from local businesses, citizens and park staff as well as conservation partners the Friends of Sauratown Mountains and the Piedmont Land Conservancy. The result is a vision for the park that balances cultural history, outdoor recreation and natural resources stewardship.

Morrow Mountain State Park Adds 45 Acres at Mountain Creek

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morrow Mountain State Park added 45 acres of land south of Mountain Creek to its holdings this summer. The new property includes more than 3,000 linear feet of frontage on Mountain Creek, a pristine stream home to rare mussels.

Pilot Mountain State Park to Celebrate 50 Years

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pilot Mountain State Park in Surry and Yadkin counties will celebrate its 50th anniversary this month with a day full of events at the park. The area near the big and little pinnacles in the Sauratown Mountains became a state park in 1968. The park now consists of more than 3,800 acres and includes a section along the Yadkin River.  

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