- The North Carolina Forests and Parks include areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. North Carolina has four National Forests; Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah. The Forests encompass portions of the Appalachian Mountains with elevations as high as 6,684 feet. Countless cold rushing streams offer some of the country's best trout waters. National Forest land in the piedmont area offers miles of hiking, mountain biking and camping opportunities. The eastern shore national land offers a unique habitat for plant life including the Venus Fly Trap. The National Park property includes the famous Great Smoky Mountains known for their rolling mountains, craggy rock ledges and deep moist gorges lined with ferns, mosses, lichens, Catawba rhododendron and mountain laurel. North Carolina also offers National Battlefields, Monuments, Lighthouses and Forts scattered across the state.
Recreation - Visitors to the National Forests and National Park sites in North Carolina will find many recreational opportunities. Boating, warm and cold water fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife and plant observing, viewing history, camping and picnicking are a few of the most popular activities.
Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations.
The state receives various amounts of precipitation ranging from 30 to 100 inches of rain annually. Transylvania lies in southwestern North Carolina and is deemed the land of waterfalls.' This mountainous region receives nearly 8 feet of rain each year.