There are many national parks throughout North Carolina. Some are very well known, while others are not but are equally as important. Take some time this summer to explore some of our state’s famous historical locations.
Maybe you don’t want to backpack the entire 2,184 miles long Appalachian Trail, but you can plan a day trip to hike a short section of the trail in North Carolina. There are a multitude of access points to enter the trail and begin your day hike. On the other hand, if you decide to go the extra mile, or a couple thousand in this case, you can begin in Georgia or Maine to finish the trail to its entirety. Whichever option you chose, be sure to send us pictures on Facebook of your adventure and the picturesque views that you see. We’ll feature our favorites!
A very popular national park that you must visit is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is filled with many activities to partake in, from hiking and camping to visiting historic sites and museums. The mountain scenery along the parkway is breathtaking and allows for many photo opportunities. Even if you’re just looking for a low key staycation, taking a picnic there with the gorgeous landscape around you is an adventure in itself.
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If you aren’t in the mood for hiking, this trail has an automobile friendly route as well. The historical significance of this trail is derived from the Revolutionary War when American Patriots celebrated a victory in 1780. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the path that the Patriot men journeyed on their search to find Patrick Ferguson, a British Major. If you get the opportunity, check out the annual re-enactment.
There are a numerous amount of things to do and see when exploring the Great Smoky Mountains. To start, you can hike along one of the various trails suited for all experience levels and personal interests. Or, with a valid fishing license, you can also fish in any of the streams throughout the Great Smoky Mountains. Another fun thing to do while you are there is to enjoy a relaxing picnic with your family. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some wildlife in addition to the great view of the mountains and unique wildflowers.
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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is located in Greensboro, NC, and is a must see for history buffs. One Revolutionary War battle in particular that made a mark in the history books was fought at the Guilford Courthouse. When you’re there take a self-guided tour of the battlefield, check out the Visitor Center, and enjoy the exhibits at the Colonial Heritage Center.