- From the mountains to the sea, adventures in North Carolina's State Parks are limited only by your imagination. Every park is unique and memorable. To point out a few is difficult because each and every one is beautiful, clean, well staffed and worth the trip. Gorges State Park is one of the newest parks as of 1999 with incredibly interesting habitat created by the temperate rain forest environment. Stone Mountain State Park is one of the most popular parks easily accessed off the Blue Ridge Parkway offering mountain climbing and viewing gorgeous waterfalls. Carolina Beach State Park offers views of the indigenous Venus Fly Trap. Jockey's Ridge is fantastic with its huge natural sand dune and hang gliding opportunities. Kerr Lake State Recreation Area offers some of the best fresh warm water fishing on the East Coast. The area is loaded with boat launches, picnic grounds, hiking trails, speed and sail boating opportunities. North Carolina is proud of its State Parks and it shows.
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Hammocks Beach State Park
Recreation - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and fresh warm water and cold water fishing opportunities. There is also salt water fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks. Rock climbing, mountain biking, bird-watching, horseback riding, canoe trails, kayaking, sailboating and speed boating are enjoyed from one end of the state to the other.
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.
North Carolina has State Parks that stretch from one end of the state to the other. They grace the coastal lands, piedmont and mountain region. Many are within minutes of busy metropolitan areas and many are adjacent to national lands expanding your outdoor recreation opportunities.