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            Exploring North Carolina: North Carolina State Parks, Trails, Lakes, Rivers & Natural Areas

            North Carolina State Parks History Interactive Timeline in NCpedia.

            The North Carolina State Parks system was launched on March 3, 1915 when the General Assembly passed legislation appropriating funds to buy land for a park at Mount Mitchell. A year later, following the aquisition of 795 acres at the mountain's summit, Mount Mitchell became the state's first park and the first park in the southeastern United States. Today the North Carolina State Parks system covers 225,000 acres from the mountains to the sea.

            Background Articles
            State Park Facts
            State Parks Superintendents/Directors State Parks
            State Trails
            State Recreation Areas
            State Natural Areas
            State Rivers
            State Lakes
            Resources and Video Recordings

            Background Articles

            History of the North Carolina State Parks System (from the Division of Parks and Recreation)

            State Parks (from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina)

            State Parks Facts

            Park Type # Park Units Size
            State Parks 35 156,900 acres
            State Recreation Areas 4 13,256 acres
            State Natural Areas 20 24,194 acres
            State Lakes 7 29,135 acres
            State Rivers 4 146 miles
            State Trails 5 2,052 acres, 806 miles
            Visitors to State Parks, 2015 17.3 million

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            State Parks Superintendents/Directors

            Superintendent/Director Years Served
            Thomas W. Morse* 1935 – 1961
            Thomas C. “Red” Ellis 1961 – 1974
            Ronald D. Johnson 1974 – 1977
            James S. Stevens, Jr. 1977 – 1984
            William “Wes” Davis 1984 – 1989
            Philip K. McKnelly 1989 – 2003
            Lewis R. Ledford 2003 – 2014
            Michael A. Murphy 2014 to present

            *During the time Morse served in World War II, R.J. Pearce served in an Acting role.

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            State Parks, Recreation Areas, Rivers, Lakes, Trails and Natural Areas

            (with links to NCpedia articles)

            State Parks

            Cape Hatteras State Park (now part of the National Seashore)
            Carolina Beach State Park
            Carvers Creek State Park
            Chimney Rock State Park
            Crabtree Creek State Park (now Umstead State Park)
            Crowders Mountain State Park
            Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
            Dismal Swamp State Park
            Elk Knob State Park
            Eno River State Park
            Fort Macon State Park
            Goose Creek State Park
            Gorges State Park
            Grandfather Mountain State Park
            Hammocks Beach State Park
            Hanging Rock State Park

            Haw River State Park
            Jockey's Ridge State Park
            Jones Lake State Park
            Lake James State Park
            Lake Norman State Park
            Lake Waccamaw State Park
            Lumber River State Park
            Mayo River State Park
            Medoc Mountain State Park
            Merchants Millpond State Park
            Morrow Mountain State Park
            Mount Mitchell State Park
            New River State Park
            Pettigrew State Park
            Pilot Mountain State Park
            Raven Rock State Park
            Reedy Creek State Park (now William B. Umstead State Park)
            Singletary Lake State Park
            South Mountains State Park
            Stone Mountain State Park
            William B. Umstead State Park

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            State Trails

            Fonta Flora Loop State Trail
            French Broad River State Trail
            Mountains-to-Sea State Trail
            Deep River State Trail

            Yadkin River State Trail

            State Recreation Areas

            Falls Lake State Recreation Area
            Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
            Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
            Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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            State Natural Areas

            Baldhead Island State Natural Area

            Bear Paw State Natural Area

            Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area

            Bushy Lake State Natural Area
            Hemlock Bluffs State Natural AreaLower Haw River State Natural Area

            Lea Island State Natural Area

            Masonboro Island State Natural Area
            Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
            Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

            Pineola Bog State Natural Area

            Run Hill State Natural Area

            Sandy Run Savannas State Natural Area

            Sugar Mountain Bog State Natural Area

            Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area
            Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve

            Yellow Mountain State Natural Area

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            State Rivers

            Linville River

            New River

            Horsepasture River

            Lumber River

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            State Lakes

            Jones Lake

            Lake Phelps

            Lake Waccamaw

            Salters Lake

            Singletary Lake

            White Lake

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            Resources and Video Recordings:

            Video Recording: Earnhart, Tom; UNC-TV. 2015. "Saving the Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100."

            North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. 2015. "Here in This Place: A Celebration of North Carolina's State Parks."


            North Carolina State Parks. North Carolina State Parks at the Crossroads. 1968. (accessed December 29, 2015).

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