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Croatan National Forest Insect © Kendal McNeill-Meyerhofer
Harmless insect along the trails
North Carolina's Mountains - Western Region Parks

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National Forests
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State Parks
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National Historic Site
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State Fish Hatcherys
Parks in this region are near these North Carolina Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
MORGANTON
LENOIR
ASHEVILLE
BOONE
HENDERSONVILLE
MARION
FRANKLIN
CANDLER
NORTH WILKESBORO
FOREST CITY
WAYNESVILLE
RUTHERFORDTON
GRANITE FALLS
WEAVERVILLE
BREVARD
ARDEN
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Carl Sandburg, nationally renowned poet, biographer, lecturer, newspaper columnist, folksinger, author of American fairytales, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, provided broad and enduring 20th century insight into the circumstances, worth and spirit of the American people. He passionately championed ........more >
Elk Knob State Park
One of the newest additions to the North Carolina State Parks System. Currently, it is in an interim development stage with a park office/contact station, a maintenance facility, picnic area, parking areas, a trail to the summit of Elk Knob, and backcountry camping areas. At this time, visitors can ........more >
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the ........more >
Mount Jefferson State Park
Mount Jefferson rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark ........more >
Mount Mitchell State Park
Choose between a short stroll or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty of the park is best seen from one of its many trails. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and carry proper gear as the high altitude makes the climate of Mount Mitchell chilly, even ........more >
Nantahala National Forest
The Nantahala National Forest lies in the mountain and valleys of southwestern North Carolina. The largest of North Carolina's four National Forests, the Nantahala encompasses 531,148 acres with elevations ranging from 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County to 1,200 feet in Cherokee County along ........more >
Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of ........more >
Rendezvous Mountain Educaational State Forest
Located in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains, this forest showcases magnificent mountain hardwoods in one of North Carolina's most scenic settings. Its features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails, accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed forest.........more >
Stone Mountain State Park
Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at ........more >
Tablerock State Fish Hatchery
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