State Parks to Visit in North Carolina

Mile-High Swinging Suspension Bridge at Grandfather MountainHere at Nissan of Clinton, we realize just how lucky we are to have such an abundance of beautiful state parks available to us. Not everyone is privileged with the variety of landscapes that we see here, we get to enjoy it all, from the beaches on the east coast to the mountainous hiking and camping in the central part of the state and even the rolling hills, lakes, and prairies that are so good for picnics. With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, we have decided to expand our Grandfather Mountain State Park post from last year with a few of our other favorite parks in North Carolina.

  • Carolina Beach State Park – Located in Carolina Beach, NC just south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is the place to go for a beach-day or water-sport getaway. The park marina lets out into some of the state’s best fishing. There is also great hiking and camping.
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park – If sand dunes and sunsets are more your speed, Jockey’s Ridge State Park will be right up your alley. This desert-like park features the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast. The high wind speeds on the dunes make it a great place for kiteboarding, hang gliding, kiting, and more while picnics, hiking, and sandboarding are also popular at this park.
  • Kerr Lake State Recreational Area – Spanning the border of North Carolina and Virginia, the Kerr Lake State Recreational Area  is a great water getaway in the northeast corner of the Piedmont region. While the lake is a great place for fishing, boating, and other water sports, the 800 miles of wooded shoreline are great for visitors who don’t want to get wet.
  • Hanging Rock State Park – For outdoorsy folk who like more strenuous hiking, impressive geological features, cascading waterfalls, and expansive views, Hanging Rock State Park is the place to be. Located not far from the Triad area this park offers great hiking trails, vacation cabins, a mountain lake, picnic areas, and more. This one is definitely worth a visit.

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