State Park

Business & Economy
5:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

[PHOTOS] Zoos, State Parks - What's Open & Closed

Patches the Polar Bear
North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Zoo staff must clear more than 5 miles of walkways inside the park. The facility will likely reopen Monday.

In addition, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources reports:

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First Day Hikes
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Parks Offer Free Hikes To Start 2014

A view from a state park in Hillsborough overlooking the Eno River
Credit Laura Candler

North Carolina's state parks will offer free hikes on New Year's Day, along with educational opportunities for children and adults alike. More than 40 outings are scheduled, rain or shine, as a healthy way to ring in the new year. Some hikes will be only a couple of miles, while others will run as long as 5 miles.

It's the third year the state parks system has offered free First Day Hikes. Park officials expect thousands to attend across the state.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Plan for Blue Ridge Parkway Discussed

The Blue Ridge Parkway is finally getting a management plan. The long-delayed outline for the next twenty years goes to a series of public hearings starting later today. Phil Francis is the park's Superintendent. He says much of the land that forms the backdrop for many of the views along the parkway's 469 miles is privately owned.

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State of Things
12:47 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Taking Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/greatdismalswamp/

It's tough to imagine the 112,000 muck-filled, bug-swarmed acres of the Great Dismal Swamp looking like paradise. But for enslaved people in the 18th- and 19th-century, the swamp provided protection from those who wished to keep them in bondage.

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Science & Technology
6:47 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

New App for Visiting State Parks

Visitors to the North Carolina State Parks can take advantage of a new smart phone app. The Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Android Market. It includes maps for parks and campgrounds and a social networking tool that allows users to share experiences in real time. 
The State Parks' Charlie Peek says it's the first app of its kind to offer so many features. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Chimney Rock Park Plans Posted

Chimney Rock
Credit ncparks.gov

The public gets its first look today at the draft master plans for the new Chimney Rock State Park.  The landmark near Asheville has been one of western North Carolina’s top attractions for decades.  In 2007, its private owners sold it to the state to become part of a large new state park at Hickory Nut Gorge. 

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