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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
'Big Creek'
© Jim Oakley

View on the way to Mouse Creek Falls

Eno River State Park
'Eno River State Park'
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Geese napping on the Eno River

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
'Cataloochee Elk'
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Uwharrie National Forest
'Badin Boat Dock'
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Eno River State Park
'Eno River State Park'
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Eno River

Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail
'Whiteside Mtn'
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Soaring'
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Croatan National Forest
'Insect'
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Harmless insect along the trails



North Carolina's Coastal - Eastern Region Parks


1
State Forest
2
National Seashores
1
National Historic Site
12
State Parks
1
National Memorial
1
National Forest
7
National Wildlife Refuges

Parks in this region are near these North Carolina Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
GREENVILLE
JACKSONVILLE
ELIZABETH CITY
NEW BERN
WILMINGTON
WASHINGTON
LELAND
WINTERVILLE
HAVELOCK
CAMP LEJEUNE
KINSTON
NEWPORT
WHITEVILLE
HAMPSTEAD
SOUTHPORT
HUBERT

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was established on March 14, 1984. It contains 152,195 acres which lie on the mainland portions of Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina. The Refuge is roughly 28 miles from north to south and 15 miles from east to west. It is bordered on the west by the Alligator ........more >
Bay Tree Lake State Park
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Bladen Lakes State Forest
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources, and provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Once dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms, Cape Hatteras ........more >
Cape Hatteras State Park
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Cape Lookout National Seashore
The seashore is a 56 mile long section of the Outer Banks of North Carolina running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. The three undeveloped barrier islands which make up the seashore - North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks - may seem barren and ........more >
Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
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 east of the Atlantic ocean and about 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists ........more >
Croatan National Forest
Croatan National Forest, one of four National Forests in North Carolina and the only true coastal forest in the East. The Croatan National Forest's 160,000 acres have pine forests, saltwater estuaries, bogs and raised swamps called pocosins. Bordered on three sides by tidal rivers and the Bogue Sound, ........more >
Dismal Swamp State Park
Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 2000-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. For the adventurer, there are over 20 miles ........more >
Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast - as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water - the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort ........more >
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The first English attempts at colonization in the New World 1585-1587 are commemorated here. These efforts, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, ended with the disappearance of 116 men, women and children including two that were born in the New World. The fate of this lost colony remains a mystery to this ........more >
Goose Creek State Park
Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River. A primitive camping area, picnic sites, swim beach and hiking and canoeing trails offer a variety of ways to savor the tranquil surroundings at Goose Creek State Park. And ........more >
Hammocks Beach State Park
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 crowdedthe list of things to do. Stroll the beach with laughing gulls and ........more >
Jockeys Ridge State Park
There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast others come for the spectacular sunsets. At Jockey's Ridge State Park you can experience the world of the desert. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures ........more >
Jones Lake State Park
Venture to Jones Lake State Park and view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United Statesthe phenomenon of the Carolina bays. Adjacent to the Bladen Lakes State Forest and home of two natural lakes, Jones and Salters lakes, the 2,208-acre park is a nature lover's delight. Peaceful ........more >
Lake Waccamaw State Park
The cool, tea-colored waters at first appear similar to other lakes in the area, but Lake Waccamaw is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. You will find here species of animals found nowhere else on the planet, rare plants and endangered animals. At Lake Waccamaw, you can view one ........more >
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, primarily the greater snow goose. Located between Back Bay in Virginia and the Currituck Sound in NC, the refuge is comprised primarly of marsh habitat. This area has long been recognized for supporting ........more >
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
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. The lake is 16 miles long, five ........more >
Merchants Millpond State Park
An enchanted forest, primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish mossthis is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's ........more >
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, including the greater snow goose and other migratory waterfowl. The Refuge lies on the north end of Hatteras Island, a coastal barrier island which is part of a chain ........more >
Pettigrew State Park
With more than 1,200 acres of land and 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of nature, history and recreation. Explore Lake Phelps and examine dugout canoes as ancient as the pyramids. Or cast your line into crystal-clear waters where largemouth bass reign. Take a trip back ........more >
Pungo National Wildlife Refuge
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Singletary Lake State Park
Bring your group to Singletary Lake State Park and enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins. A portion of the unique Carolina bay ecosystem found nowhere else in the world, Singletary Lake lies within the 35,975-acre Bladen Lakes State Forest. Developed primarily for organized group camping, ........more >
Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge
Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, located on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina, was established on June 23, 1932. Approximately 8,800 acres are included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The refuge is made up of saltmarsh islands and forested wetland interspersed with potholes, ........more >
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument dedicated in 1932, is perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, ........more >
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