North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina National and State Parks and Recreation

North Carolina has one national park, 29 State Parks , 2 State Forests, 2 State Fish Hatcherys, 1 State Natural Area, 1 State Nursery, 2 State Fish Hatcheries, 4 National Forests, 2 National Memorials, 2 National Historic Sites, 10 National Wildlife Refuges, 2 National Seashores, and 8 Wilderness Areas.

National Park

State Parks

State Forests

State Fish Hatcheries

State Natural Area

State Nursery

National Forests

National Memorials

National Historic Sites

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge

National Seashores

North Carolina Wilderness Areas

There are eight wilderness areas in the state of North Carolina.

  • Birkhead Mountains Wilderness
  • Ellicott Rock Wilderness
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
  • Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness
  • Middle Prong Wilderness
  • Shining Rock Wilderness
  • Southern Nantahala Wilderness

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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1973 when the Union Camp Corporation of Franklin, Virginia, donated 49,100 acres (199 km2) of land to The Nature Conservancy, which the following year transferred the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.