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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Swan Quarter, NC 27885 (139.194 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 (139.194 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

Lansford Canal State Park Hiking Fishing Boating

Catawba, SC 29704 (140.591 miles)

Out in the river is one of the largest known stands of rocky shoals spider lilies, tough plants that hang tight in the swift water and bloom spectacularly in a huge blanket of white in late May and early June. An easy-to-walk trail along the river leads to a viewing deck.

Official Website: Lansford Canal State Park

Savage Bay Heritage Preserve Hiking

Cassatt, SC 29032 (141.118 miles)

Savage Bay Heritage Preserve is an example of the Carolina Bay phenomenon. Carolina bays are elliptical or oval basins found throughout the Atlantic coastal plain.

Official Website: Savage Bay Heritage Preserve

Pee Dee Station Site WMA Fishing

Johnsonville, SC 29555 (141.393 miles)

The Wildlife Management Area Program was initially developed to provide quality public hunting opportunities throughout the state. Today, its multiple use concepts provide opportunities for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Official Website: Pee Dee Station Site WMA

Dismal Swamp State Park Hiking Biking Boating

South Mills, NC 27976 (141.545 miles)

Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 300-foot boardwalk into this geological wonder. Experience first hand the lush swamp forest and get up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife.

Official Website: Dismal Swamp State Park

Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve/WMA Hiking Hunting

Rock Hill, SC 29730 (142.573 miles)

Every season offers different delights. Visitors might want to bring along a wildflower field guide.

Official Website: Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve/WMA

Niday Place Hiking

New Castle, VA 24127 (142.607 miles)

This 254-acre forest is a wildlife sanctuary and used as an outdoor laboratory, and for preservation of wildflowers.

Official Website: Niday Place

Claytor Lake Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Dublin, VA 24084 (143.207 miles)

An ideal setting for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is widely known for sport fishing and boating.

Official Website: Claytor Lake

Longleaf Pine iHeritage Preserve/WMA Hiking Hunting

Lynchburg, SC 29080 (143.537 miles)

Four active groups of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCW) are found on the longleaf savanna. This bird is rare because of habitat alteration.

Official Website: Longleaf Pine iHeritage Preserve/WMA