North Carolina Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in North Carolina? View North Carolina parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located on the mainland of Dare and Hyde Counties, 15 miles west of Manteo, North Carolina. The Refuge Administrative Office is located on Roanoke Island (in Manteo) on U.S. Highway 64. To reach the Refuge, take U.S. Highway 64 west from Manteo, cross the Croatan Sound onto mainland Dare County, and continue west to the Refuge entrance. Signs direct visitors to the Refuge Field Headquarters, Creef Cut Wildlife Trail, and Buffalo City Road. Manteo is serviced by the Norfolk International Airport (2 hour drive north) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (4 hour drive west). For complete directions from all points, see http://alligatorriver.fws.gov/ardirections.html Phone 252-473-1131 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:

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B. Everett Jordan Lake, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Raleigh, 30 miles south on US 1. From Sanford, 15 miles north on US 1. Phone (919) 542-4501 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Clean Jordan Lake B. Everett Jordan Lake Website Facebook B. E. Jordan Dam and Lake is located near the center of North Carolina with a large population base in a 75-mile radius of the project. It is a major attraction for recreation seekers with facilities such as campsites, picnic areas, beaches, nature trails, etc. available. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation operates the majority of the recreation areas. Wildlife subimpoundments for waterfowl

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is located at Parkway milepost 384, which is about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection) and about 8 miles east of downtown Asheville. The Folk Art Center is located nearby, two miles to the north along the Parkway. Phone (828) 298-5330 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Official Website Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Map The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is a place unlike any other on Earth, where ancient landscapes enchant the eye and age-old

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Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The parkway is a 469-mile-long scenic road connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Numerous federal and state highways provide access to the parkway. Milepost markers are positioned every mile along the parkway, starting at 0 in Virginia and ending at 469 in North Carolina. We suggest using a map to identify the area you want to visit, as GPS directions often do not incorporate the parkway’s milepost system. Phone (828) 348-3400 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Rocky Knob Campground Doughton Park Campground PEAKS OF OTTER CAMPGROUND Linville Falls Campground Julian Price Campground MOUNT PISGAH CAMPGROUND Otter Creek Campground Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails

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Cape Fear River, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Phone (910) 655-2605 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Cape Fear River Website Cape Fear River Watch Located in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina on the improved channel between Wilmington and Fayetteville, the facilities are equipped for day-use, boating and picnicking. Shad fishing is popular, but swimming and camping are not permitted.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Cape Hatteras National Seashore is located along NC-12 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You can reach the seashore from the north by following US 158 to Nag Heads, NC and the turn-off to NC-12 and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. From the south, you can take NCDOT ferries from Swanquarter, NC and Cedar Island, NC to the village of Ocracoke on Ocracoke Island. The provided physical address is the location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, roughly in the middle of the park. Phone (252) 473-2111 Activities AUTO TOURING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING, SNORKELING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds OCRACOKE CAMPGROUND Frisco Campground Oregon Inlet Campground Cape Point Campground Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas

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Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Only two areas of Cape Lookout National Seashore can be reached without taking a ferry: the Visitor Center on Harkers Island and the Visitor Information Center in Beaufort, NC. Please note: the park mailing address does not bring you to the Harkers Island Visitor Center parking lot. If you are using a GPS device – use the parking lot coordinates (34.68494, -74.52725) or the following “address” which approximates the location of the parking lot entrance: 1800 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531 Phone (252) 728-2250 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, CAMPING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds GREAT ISLAND CABIN CAMP LONG POINT CABIN CAMP Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Cape Lookout National Seashore Official Website

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC on Little River Road off of the Greenville Highway/Rt. 225 in Flat Rock, NC. Visitors using GPS or mapping software should use 1800 Little River Road and look for the signs directing you to the visitor parking lot on Little River Road. Phone (828) 693-4178 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Official Website Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Map Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, activism, music and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Explore Sandburg’s legacy

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Falls Lake, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Durham, 9 miles east on NC 98. From Raleigh, 12 miles north on NC 50 (Creedmoor Road). Phone (919) 846-9332 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Falls Lake Website Falls Lake Photo Album The US Army Corps of Engineers and the State of North Carolina would like to welcome you to Falls Lake. A man-made reservoir, Falls Lake is located in the upper portion of the Neuse River Basin, nestled very near North Carolina?s bustling ?Triangle Area.? The reservoir covers almost 12,500

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located on the northern end of Roanoke Island, north of the town of Manteo, NC. Phone (252) 473-2111 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, PICNICKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Official Website Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Map Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England’s first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590. This site also preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions There is a parking lot located within the gate of the Battlefield Visitors Center. There is a larger parking lot next to the intersection of New Garden Road and Old Battleground Road. GPS Directional Devices: To reach the physical address of the Visitor Center please use the following address: 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410 OR Lat / Long: 36.1316499 / -79.8471879 Phone (336) 288-1776 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Official Website Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Map “I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons.” – Lt. General Charles, Earl Cornwallis On March 15, 1781, six years into the American Revolution,

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Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Mackay Island NWR is located near Knotts Island, NC. From Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach, VA, travel south. Once in NC, this road is called NC Highway 615 South. The office entrance road is located on the right about 1 mile south of the state line. The refuge may also be reached by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC. Once on Knotts Island, you can reach the office entrance road by traveling 9.2 miles on NC Highway 615 North. The ferry has a 45-minute crossing time, and leaves Currituck, NC at 6 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm, 7 days a week. Phone 252-429-3100 Activities BIKING, BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from

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Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge is on the Albarmarle – Pamlico peninsula in eastern North Carolina, approximately 8 miles east of Swan Quarter. From the East or West, take Hwy 264 to the intersection of Hwy 94N. The entrance to the Refuge is 1.7 mi. North on 94. Turn right off of 94 onto a gravel road. Travel 2.3 miles to the Refuge Headquarters. From the North, enter Hyde County via Hwy 45S & then East on Hwy 264 (& continue as above), or enter on Hwy 94S at Columbia, through Fairfield, turning left at the Refuge entrance (& continue as above). Phone 252-926-4021 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related

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Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Moores Creek National Battlefield is located 20 miles NW of Wilmington, North Carolina. · From Highway 17, follow US 421 to NC 210, then West on NC 210 · From Interstate 40, take exit 408 (NC 210) West at Rocky Point. · From Interstate 95 North, take exit 13-A for NC 74 East towards Wilmington. · From Interstate 95 South: take exit 81-B for I-40 East towards Wilmington. · From Fayetteville, North Carolina, take Interstate 95 South to Exit 13-A Questions please call us as 910-283-5591 x2234 Phone (910) 283-5591 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, FISHING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Moores Creek National Battlefield Official Website Moores Creek National Battlefield Map In the

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Wolf Ford Horse Camp

National Forests in North Carolina, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Wolf Ford Horse Camp COVE CREEK UPPER GROUP CAMP DAVIDSON RIVER KUYKENDALL GROUP CAMP LAKE POWHATAN NORTH MILLS RIVER VAN HOOK GLADE COVE CREEK LOWER GROUP CAMP WHITE PINE SOUTH GROUP CAMP CEDAR POINT CAMPGROUND ARROWHEAD CAMPGROUND CANEBRAKE HORSE CAMP BRIAR BOTTOM GROUP CAMPGROUND CAROLINA HEMLOCKS REC AREA BALSAM LAKE LODGE JACKRABBIT MOUNTAIN STANDING INDIAN CAMPGROUND SWAN CABIN RATTLER FORD GROUP CAMPGROUND HARMON DEN HORSE CAMPGROUND CHEOAH POINT CAMPGROUND CHEOAH POINT CABIN 1 CHEOAH POINT CABIN 2 FLANNERS BEACH CAMPGROUND KING’S MOUNTAIN POINT PICNIC PAVILION (NC) PINK BEDS PICNIC SHELTER WASH CREEK HORSE CAMP SYCAMORE FLATS PICNIC SHELTER CURTIS CREEK CAMPGROUND (NC) OYSTER POINT CAMPGROUND BLACK MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

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North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The reserve comprises four sites located near Corolla (Currituck Banks), Beaufort (Rachel Carson) and Wilmington (Masonboro Island and Zeke’s Island). Phone (910) 962-2470 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Facebook page National Estuarine Research Reserve System — North Carolina The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve was established to preserve the fragile natural areas that make up the third largest estuarine system in the country and the variety of life found there. Ninety percent of the commercial seafood species caught in the state spend at least part of their lives in an estuary. The state is representative of two

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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Outer Banks in Dare County, 14 miles south of Nags Head, NC. To reach the Refuge, take NC Highway 12 south from Nags Head and cross Oregon Inlet. Refuge signs direct visitors to the Pea Island Visitor Center, New Inlet Sound Access and beach access parking areas. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is serviced by the Norfolk International Airport (2-hour drive north) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (4-hour drive west). For complete directions from all points, please visit http://peaisland.fws.gov/pidirections.html. Phone 252-473-1131 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 “as

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Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Charlotte, NC: Take Hwy. 74 East to Wadesboro. Turn left on Hwy. 52 North and continue 6 miles. Refuge office is on the right. From Wadesboro, NC: Take Hwy 52 North for 6 miles. Turn right into the refuge office facility. Phone 704-694-4424 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Situated along the Pee Dee River, Pee Dee NWR contains 8,443 acres in Anson and Richmond Counties, NC. The refuge was established to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Cooperative farming in field impoundments, water level management, and the bottomland hardwood forest along Brown Creek provide excellent habitat for

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The Refuge is located 6 miles south of Columbia, NC off Hwy 94 on the east and 18 miles south of Plymouth, NC off Hwy 45 on the west. There are several access points to the refuge. The Pungo Unit can be accessed by taking Hwy 45 South to Pantego, NC. Other parts of the Refuge can be accessed by taking Hwy 64 to Roper and turning onto Newland Road and then taking Shore Drive. The Walter B. Jones, Sr. Center for the Sounds, refuge visitor center and headquarters complex, is located on Hwy 64 in Columbia, NC next to the Tyrrell County Visitor’s Center. Phone 252-796-3004 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails

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Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge lies about 60 miles east of Washington, NC, south of the village of Swan Quarter. A two-mile long gravel road south of Highway 264 leads into the upland portion of the refuge and to the site of the 1000 foot long Bell Island fishing pier. All other access to the refuge is via boat only Phone 252-926-4021 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HUNTING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, located on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina, was established on June 23, 1932. Approximately 8,800 acres are included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The refuge is made up of saltmarsh islands and forested wetland interspersed with potholes, creeks, and

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Tamarack Ridge Trailhead

Swanquarter Wilderness, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The Swanquarter Wilderness is along the northern coast of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies about 60 miles east of Washington, NC, south of the village of Swan Quarter. A two-mile long gravel road south of Highway 264 leads into the upland portion of the refuge and to the site of the 1000 foot long Bell Island fishing pier. All other access to the refuge is via boat only. Phone 252-926-4021 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Swanquarter Wilderness Map Swanquarter Wilderness Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge The Swanquarter Wilderness now contains a total of 8,785 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. All of the Wilderness is

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W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Winston-Salem, north on US 421 to Wilkesboro, then 5 miles west on NC Highway 268.From Charlotte, NC, north on 77 to Wilkesboro, then 5 miles west on NC Highway 268. Phone (336) 921-3750 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds BANDITS ROOST WARRIOR CREEK FORT HAMBY PARK KEOWEE PARK SHELTER Dam Site Shelter Fish Dam Creek Park BERRY MOUNTAIN PARK SHELTER BOOMER PARK SHELTER W. Kerr Scott Visitor Assistance Center Conference Room Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Facebook Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake Virtual Tour Wilkes Skyline Marina W. Kerr Scott Dam

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Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Wright Brothers National Memorial is located along US 158 in the town of Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Phone (252) 473-2111 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: North Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: North Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More North Carolina Recreation Areas Wright Brothers National Memorial Official Website Wright Brothers National Memorial Map Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.

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