• Preservation Is Purpose At Kitty Hawk Woods

    The largest of the three N.C. Coastal Reserve sites on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods has foot and kayak trails, but the main focus here is and always has been protecting the natural environment.

  • Take A Hike to Start the New Year Right

    All North Carolina state parks, including those on the coast, are hosting First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day, which rangers describe as an opportunity to begin 2020 on the right step.

  • Cedar Point’s Park, Trails to Open Friday

    Cedar Point in Carteret County is set to open for the first time its new 56-acre park and hiking trails on the White Oak River, with features to protect and enhance water quality.

  • Pettigrew A Hidden Gem Among State Parks

    Pettigrew State Park is sometimes overlooked among North Carolina’s state parks, but those who venture off the beaten path will discover its convergence of wildlife, nature and history.

  • National Park Visitors Boost Coastal Economy

    Visitors to national parks on the N.C. coast spent more than $225 million in their surrounding communities, pouring about $280 million into the local economies, according to a recent analysis.

  • Cape Lookout Rolls Out Summer Programs

    The staff at Cape Lookout National Seashore recently announced activities and schedules for the 2019 season to help visitors plan their escape to the park’s 56 miles of undeveloped beach.

  • Renovated Center Showcases First Flight

    Once planned for demolition, the National Park Service instead restored the early-1960s modernist visitor center at the Wright Brothers Memorial, which recently reopened after the two-year, $5.8 million project.

  • Coastal Park Trails Offer Nature Connection

    State Parks and the Croatan National Forest offer hikers miles of trails through a variety of habitats, from maritime forests to sand dunes, and the chance to learn some history and get a glimpse of rare plants or endangered critters.

  • Benches at Preserve Memorialize Islanders

    Benches along the Jim Stephenson Nature Trail at Springer’s Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island offer more than places to stop and rest, they are posthumous tributes to notable folks who made their home here.