North Carolina Places to Visit

North Carolina boasts nearly 100 state parks, museums, historic sites, aquariums and other attractions. Use the tool below to find places to visit by activity, theme, region or cost. As you check boxes on the right side of the screen, the places listed on the right will narrow to fit your criteria. Click on place's title to learn more.

Visit our things to do page for more information on all the wonderful things to do you'll find in the Tar Heel state.

Spring Lake, N.C.

Cypress streams, wetlands, longleaf pine forests and a lovely millpond dot Carvers Creek State Park, formerly Long Valley Farm, the historic retreat of a Rockefeller family member.

Seven Springs, N.C.

As its name suggests, impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River are the defining feature of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, which also includes a swimming lake and other diverse habitats.

South Mills, N.C.

Dismal Swamp State Park allows a unique wilderness experience in a landscape that has been witness to everything from American Indian hunting parties to the Underground Railroad.

Durham, NC

Eno River State Park—like its namesake—flows near urban areas of Durham and Orange counties with five scattered access areas, each just minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill.

Atlantic Beach, N.C.

A park with multiple personalities, featuring a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, museum-quality coastal education center and unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing.

Washington, N.C.

Eight miles of trails at Goose Creek State Park lead visitors through a broad range of coastal experiences including live oaks draped in Spanish moss a cypress swamp.

Sapphire, N.C.

Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of Gorges State Park with distance hiking, backpack camping, trout fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding all available.