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Medoc Mountain State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback Boating

Hollister, NC 27844 (53.527 miles)

Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5-hour drive from the Research Triangle.

Official Website: Medoc Mountain State Park

Lesesne Hiking

Lovingston, VA 24580 (54.180 miles)

A wildlife sanctuary and designated for research on the American Chestnut.

Official Website: Lesesne

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve Hiking

Southern Pines, NC 28387 (56.200 miles)

The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms—is Weymouth Woods, a 900-acre natural preserve.

Official Website: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Occoneechee Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Clarksville, VA 23927 (58.352 miles)

Occoneechee on the John H. Kerr Reservoir, better known as Buggs Island Lake is popular with anglers and boaters.

Official Website: Occoneechee

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Seven Springs, NC 28578 (59.333 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

Staunton River Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Scottsburg, VA 24589 (69.096 miles)

Offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts, woods, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers.

Official Website: Staunton River

Uwharrie National Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Troy, NC 27371 (70.124 miles)

Though small, at only 50,189 acres, the Uwharrie provides a variety of natural resources, including clean rivers and streams, diverse vegetation for scenery, wildlife habitat and wood products. There is also a wide variety of recreational activities, and the Forest is a natural setting for tourism and economic development.

Official Website: Uwharrie National Forest

Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest Hiking

Elizabethtown, NC 28337 (79.878 miles)

Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest is the only North Carolina Educational State Forest located in the coastal plain region of the state. The forest is intended for use by both organized groups and the general public. Three Educational Forest Rangers are on staff to present programs to any requesting group.

Official Website: Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest

Jones Lake State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Elizabethtown, NC 28337 (79.878 miles)

Venture to Jones Lake State Park and view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States—the phenomenon of the Carolina bays.

Official Website: Jones Lake State Park

Staunton River Battlefield Hiking Camping Biking Horseback

Randolph, VA 23962 (82.798 miles)

A Civil War historic site, exhibits on Native Americans and electric energy production.

Official Website: Staunton River Battlefield