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Appomattox-Buckingham Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback

Appomattox, VA 24522 (108.828 miles)

19,808 ac of oak-hickory and pine. Carter-Taylor Trail is open for walking, hiking, horses, and mtn bikes.

Official Website: Appomattox-Buckingham

Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing Hunting Horseback

Nichols, SC 29581 (109.495 miles)

Otter families play along the river and in the oxbow lakes. Other aquatic creatures include yellow rat snakes and banded, brown and red-bellied water snakes, all of which are nonpoisonous. Florida and river cooters sun themselves along the banks, as do American alligators. You may also see mink, bobcats, gray foxes and raccoons.

Official Website: Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve

Campbells Crossroads & Angelus Tracts WMA Hunting

Patrick, SC 29584 (113.619 miles)

White-tailed deer, wild turkey, and small game species are present and hunting is allowed within the Game Zone 4 regulations.

Official Website: Campbells Crossroads & Angelus Tracts WMA

Sand Hills State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Patrick, SC 29584 (113.619 miles)

Part of a unique ecosystem, the Sand Hills State Forest is located between the piedmont and coastal plain of South Carolina in Chesterfield and Darlington Counties. The region is characterized by deep sands with generally arid conditions. It consists of 46,000 acres of infertile sand deposited by a prehistoric sea.

Official Website: Sand Hills State Forest


Bedford, VA 24523 (116.931 miles)

288 ac located north of Smith Mountain Lake, used for timber production, an outdoor lab, and a wildlife sanctuary.

Official Website: Bourassa

Hammocks Beach State Park Fishing Camping Boating

Swansboro, NC 28584 (118.851 miles)

Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks Beach that's crowded—the list of things to do.

Official Website: Hammocks Beach State Park

Merchants Mill Pond State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Gatesville, NC 27938 (119.280 miles)

An "enchanted forest," primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss—this is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities.

Official Website: Merchants Mill Pond State Park

Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing Hunting Biking Boating

Mechanicsville, SC 29540 (121.052 miles)

Seven miles of river frontage provides habitat for four state threatened species. The river is a boater's delight, while plant enthusiasts will find much on land to interest them.

Official Website: Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve

Lake Norman State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Troutman, NC 28166 (122.158 miles)

At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. Thirteen miles of the shoreline are in the state park, which provides boating access. On another hand, the park boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there's more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.

Official Website: Lake Norman State Park

James River Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Gladstone, VA 24553 (122.726 miles)

1,500 acres of rolling grasslands, quiet forests and beautiful vistas,3 miles of shoreline along the James River.

Official Website: James River