State Parks

North Carolina has a number of state parks and recreation areas. Some of the state parks are historical areas. In 1955, the State Historic Site system was established and those sites were transferred to the new system.

ParkCountyYear CreatedNotes
Baldhead Island State Natural AreaBrunswick1979 
Bay Tree State ParkBladen1979state's oldest undeveloped state park
adjacent to Bay Tree State Lake
Bear Paw State Natural AreaAvery2008 
Beech Creek Bog State Natural AreaWatauga2002 
Bullhead Mountain State Natural AreaAlleghany2000
Bushy Lake State Natural AreaCumberland1977 
Carolina Beach State ParkNew Hanover1969 
Carvers Creek State ParkCumberland2005 
Chimney Rock State ParkBuncombe, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford2005 
Chowan Swamp State Natural AreaGates1973 
Cliffs of the Neuse State ParkWayne1945 
Crowders Mountain State ParkGaston1973 
Dismal Swamp State ParkCamden1974 
Elk Knob State ParkAshe, Watauga2002 
Eno River State ParkDurham, Orange1973 
Falls Lake State Recreation AreaDurham, Wake1982 
Fort Fisher State Recreation AreaNew Hanover1986 
Fort Macon State ParkCarteret1924first state park open to public
Goose Creek State ParkBeaufort1974 
Gorges State ParkTransylvania1999 
Grandfather Mountain State ParkAvery, Caldwell, Watauga2009 
Hammocks Beach State ParkOnslow1961 
Hanging Rock State ParkStokes1935 
Haw River State ParkGuilford, Rockingham2003 
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural AreaWake1976 
Jockey's Ridge State ParkDare1975 
Jones Lake State ParkBladen1939 
Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaChatham1981 
Kerr Lake State Recreation AreaVance, Warren1952 
Lake James State ParkBurke, McDowell1987 
Lake Norman State ParkIredell1962formerly known as Duke Power State Park
most of park consists of lands donated by Duke Power
Lake Waccamaw State ParkColumbus1976 
Lea Island State Natural AreaWake1976 
Lower Haw River State Natural AreaChatham2003 
Lumber River State ParkColumbus, Hoke, Robeson, Scotland1989 
Masonboro Island State Natural AreaNew Hanover1976 
Mayo River State ParkRockingham2003 
Medoc Mountain State ParkHalifax1973 
Merchants Millpond State ParkGates1973 
Mitchells Millpond State Natural AreaWake1976 
Mount Jefferson State Natural AreaAshe1956 
Morrow Mountain State ParkStanly1935 
Mount Mitchell State ParkYancey1916first North Carolina State Park
New River State ParkAlleghany, Ashe1975 
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural AreaOrange1997 
Pettigrew State ParkTyrrell, Washington1936 
Pilot Mountain State ParkSurry, Yadkin1968 
Pineola Bog State Natural AreaAvery2006 
Raven Rock State ParkHarnett1970 
Run Hill State Natural AreaDare1995 
Sandy Run Savannas State Natural AreaOnslow, Pender2006 
Singletary Lake State ParkBladen1939limited access
South Mountains State ParkBurke, Cleveland, McDowell1978 
Stone Mountain State ParkAlleghany, Wilkes1969 
Sugar Mountain Bog State Natural AreaAvery2006 
Theodore Roosevelt State Natural AreaCarteret1971 
Weymouth Woods-Sandhills State Nature PreserveMoore1963 
William B Umstead State ParkWake1945 
Yellow Mountain State Natural AreaAvery, Mitchell2008 

State Lakes

LakeAffiliated State ParkCountyNotes
Bay Tree State LakeBay Tree State ParkBladenformerly known as Black Lake
Jones State LakeJones Lake State ParkBladenshoreline owned entirely by state
Phelps State LakePettigrew State ParkTyrrell, Washingtonsecond largest natural lake in state
Salters State LakeJones Lake State ParkBladenno development on shores
Singletary State LakeSingletary Lake State ParkBladenshoreline owned entirely by state
Waccamaw State LakeLake Waccamaw State ParkColumbuslargest natural Carolina Bay lake
White State Lake Bladenonly state lake without public lands on shores.

Former State Park System Sites

Where TransferredNotes
Battle of Alamance State ParkAlamance19531955initial State Historic Site system 
Boone's Cave State ParkDavidson19712002Davidson County Park 
Brunswick Town State ParkBrunswick19521955initial State Historic Site system 
Cape Hatteras State ParkDare19351952Cape Hatteras National Seashorelocated next to Cape Hatteras Light
Charles B Aycock BirthplaceWayne19511955initial State Historic Site system 
Frutchey State ParkMontgomery19371955initial State Historic Sity systemnamed after L D Frutchey
who donated property to state
renamed Town Creek State Park
renamed Town Creek Indian Mound
Hiwassee Lake State ParkCherokee19481952land leased from Tennessee Valley Authority for several years 
James Iredell HouseChowan19511955initial State Historic Site system 
Reedy Creek State ParkWake19501966William B Umstead State Parkformed as segregated park for blacks
merged during desegregation
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkWilkes19261956Division of Forestry 
Sandhills State Recreation AreaRichmond19391941Wildlife Resources Commissionpart of Sandhills Game Land today
Tryon PalaceCraven19521955initial State Historic Site system 
Waynesborough State ParkWayne19792003Cliffs of Neuse State Parknow owned and managed by Old Waynesborough Commission

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