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Clemmons Educational State Forest Hiking

Clayton, NC 27520 (143.338 miles)

The first of North Carolina's Educational State Forests, Clemmons opened in 1976 in Johnston County. Featuring self-guided trails and exhibits, as well as Ranger-conducted classes, the forest offers a wealth of experiences for the senses and the mind.

Official Website: Clemmons Educational State Forest

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Apex, NC 27523 (147.340 miles)

With almost 14,000 acres of water and nine recreation areas, there is much to discover at Jordan Lake. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all.

Official Website: Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Manteo, NC 27954 (154.138 miles)

Alligator River Refuge was established to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type - the pocosin - and its associated wildlife species. The diversity of habitat types include high and low pocosin, bogs, fresh and brackish water marshes, hardwood swamps, and Atlantic white cedar swamps.

Official Website: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Jockey's Ridge State Park Hiking

Nags Head, NC 27959 (158.290 miles)

There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets.

Official Website: Jockey's Ridge State Park

Fairy Stone Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Stuart, VA 24171 (163.166 miles)

Home of the legendary fairy stones, known for its 168-acre lake just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Official Website: Fairy Stone

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Seven Springs, NC 28578 (165.129 miles)

At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since then, however, the cliffs remain virtually unaltered, standing as a journal of the geological and biological history of the land. Look down this spectacular formation to the river far below, now protected within the boundaries of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

Official Website: Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Swan Quarter, NC 27885 (165.490 miles)

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and about 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11,000 acres of irregularly-flooded, brackish marsh and 3,480 acres of pocosin and woodland habitat.

Official Website: Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Swan Quarter, NC 27885 (165.490 miles)

Located in eastern North Carolina in Hyde County, the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 50,000 acres of water, marsh, timber and crop lands. The refuge's most significant feature is Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina.

Official Website: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Raven Rock State park Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback Boating

Lillington, NC 27546 (166.578 miles)

Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored.

Official Website: Raven Rock State park

Hanging Rock State park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Danbury, NC 27016 (168.392 miles)

Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered—sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles.

Official Website: Hanging Rock State park