North Carolina State Parks
Carolina's first State Park was established at Mount Mitchell in
1916 to protect the summit of the highest mountain in the eastern
U.S. There are currently 34 State Parks in the system. Generally,
State Parks are expected to possess both significant natural
resource values and significant recreational values.
State Parks are expected to accommodate the
development of facilities, but may vary in the extent of development
depending upon what can be provided without damage to the scenic or
natural features. Facilities are planned and constructed to keep
disturbance of natural resources to a minimum and to leave a
'liberal portion' of each park undisturbed and free from
improvements and structures, except for trails.
State Recreation Areas