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North Carolina National Parks

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

This 2,158-mile footpath runs from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, traversing 14 states. The 88-mile portion of the AT in North Carolina includes the Stecoah-Cheoah Mountain area and the Nantahala section, with 4,000-foot gaps and 5,000-foot peaks.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Most visited site in the NPS system extends 469 miles through the southern Appalachians of VA and NC, following the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

This area is known for its thriving traditions of craft, music, agriculture, and Cherokee culture. The region's distinctive landscape contains eastern America's tallest mountain and deepest gorge.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Beaches, migratory waterfowl, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are special features of the first national seashore.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Three undeveloped barrier islands extend 55 miles along the lower Outer Banks and feature beaches, dunes, historic Portsmouth Village, and Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Connemara was the farm home of the noted poet-author for the last 22 years of his life.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

The first English settlement in North America was attempted here (1585-87). The fate of Sir Walter Raleigh's "Lost Colony" remains a mystery to this day.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains is that it is the nation's busiest park with more than nine million visitors every year. It covers 800 square miles of mountainous land and preserves some of the world's most stunning deciduous forests.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

The battle fought here on March 15, 1781, was the largest action of the Revolutionary War's climatic Southern Campaign.

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

This area is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Commemorates the February 27, 1776, Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the first decisive Patriot victory of the Revolutionary War.

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail travels through VA, TN, NC & SC, retracing the route of patriot militia as they tracked down the British.

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

Come on a journey to remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people despite their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeastern United States in the 1830s.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than- air machine were made here at Kill Devil Hills by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903.

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