• 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.

  • Effort On to Repair Damaged Historic Home

    Lightning recently damaged the 1907 Midgett House, part of the Chicamacomico Historic Site at Rodanthe, and caretakers need financial help to repair and reopen the popular exhibit.

  • Battle Brews Over Frisco UFO House

    The owner of the Frisco “UFO house” wants to preserve the unusual landmark, an area attraction since the early 1970s, and turn it into a souvenir shop, but county officials say the structure meets no building codes.

  • Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy

    The appeal of national parks and natural areas on the North Carolina coast brought in more than $215 million in visitor spending in 2016, according to a recent National Park Service report.