North Carolina's state parks can fulfill the needs of campers who want to experience the mountains, historical sites, military areas, or the sea. Here is a list of North Carolina's state parks that campers say are their favorites:
Merchants Millpond State Park - This North Carolina state park covers 3,300 acres. It surrounds a 760 acre pond that is popular for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Those on canoes and kayaks can travel from the millpond to the Lassiter Swamp. The swamp area has tupelo gum trees, bald cypress, and the much loved Spanish moss. In addition to exploring the waters of this park, bird watching is another favorite activity. This park has recorded more than 200 bird species At Merchants Millpond. The park has hiking trails that cover more than nine miles which is a favorite, as is the trail to the pond that is handicap accessible.
William B. Umstead State Park - This woodland state park is located in Raleigh and covers more than 5,579 acres. The park is a favorite for walkers, hikers, cyclists, and mountain bikers. The park even has 13 miles of bridle trails. Fishermen love this park because of its three man-made lakes. The fish truly bite here in the spring and it's an angler's paradise.
Stone Mountain State Park -This is a popular destination for campers who want a true mountain experience. Spring arrives early in this North Carolina state park and campers come out in droves to enjoy the wild azaleas, flowering dogwoods, and mountain wildflowers. Yet, it isn't just the scenery that attracts campers. The park's 17 miles of trout streams makes this state park a hot spot for anglers who are looking to land rainbow, brown, and brook trout. This park offers traditional camping, as well as backcountry camping.
Pettigrew State Park - This 17,450-acre park is known for many reasons, Lake Phelps in one of them. Fishermen come to this park in droves to fish for yellow perch and largemouth bass in this lake. The lake also serves as a great food source for wintering birds. This park has nine miles of trails with nice overlooks. Visitors can even visit a historical mansion while visiting this park. The Collins Mansion, located at history Somerset Place, once encompassed more than 100,000 acres and was one of the four largest plantation in the state.
Fort Macon State Park - In the summer, Fort Macon State Park is one of the state's most popular parks. People love to flock to the park to enjoy the sand, sea, and sun. All types of water and beach recreation can be found at the park. When colder weather sets in, the park visitors spend their time enjoying the park's educational and historical programs. The park maintains a restored fort that stood guard over the harbor during the Civil War. The fort contains 26 rooms and is enclosed by walls that are more than four feet thick. It's a must-see.