William B. Umstead State Park

Facts & Figures Address: Crabtree Creek Access and Visitor’s Center: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617 Reedy Creek Access: 2100 N. Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513 County: Wake Size: 5,599 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 571-4170 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of ParksContinue reading “William B. Umstead State Park”

Parks Were Essential in 2020

I began Explore NC in mid-January 2020 with a simple mission: to connect people to North Carolina’s natural and built environments and to inspire people to get outside. My goal with this blog was to share our family’s adventures and the resources for exploring all that North Carolina has to offer. Little did I knowContinue reading “Parks Were Essential in 2020”

Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle

As a father of four children under ten years old, one of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is on the playground at a local park. There is nothing better than packing a picnic lunch, loading up our vehicle, and traveling to a local park to play and enjoy a picnicContinue reading “Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle”

Lake Wheeler Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Size: 800 acres (650 acres of lake, 150 acres of land and buffer) Opened: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Mondays – October through March) Phone: (919)Continue reading “Lake Wheeler Park”

Eno River State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705 Counties: Durham, Orange Size: 4,312 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Paddling Fishing Picnicking Overview Located in Durham, North Carolina, EnoContinue reading “Eno River State Park”

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Facts & Figures Address: 625 Virginia Cates Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278 County: Orange Size: 206 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/occoneechee-mountain-state-natural-area/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Hiking Fishing Picnicking Photos Overview Located in Hillsborough, North Carolina in OrangeContinue reading “Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area”

Outdoor Gear for Families

As a father of four, husband, and outdoor recreation professional, there is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding for me than sharing my love for the outdoors with my family. Being able to experience nature together and spend time together outside as a family is one of our favorite things to do together. Whether it’s hikingContinue reading “Outdoor Gear for Families”

COVID-19: Outdoor Impacts

There is no doubt these are uncertain and unprecedented times. From the NCAA spring seasons and professional sports leagues being cancelled to schools being suspended to Stay at Home executive orders being issued, life as we once knew it has come to an end, at least temporarily. Abrupt changes came literally overnight, forcing us toContinue reading “COVID-19: Outdoor Impacts”

North Carolina Zoo

Facts & Figures Address: 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205 County: Randolph Size: 2.142 square miles = 2,600 acres Hours: Open Daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm Phone: (800) 488-0444 Website: https://www.nczoo.org Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Animals: Antelope Baboon Black Bear Bobcat Bison Cheetah Chimpanzee Elephant Elk Flamingo Giraff Gray WolfContinue reading “North Carolina Zoo”

Oak Island, North Carolina

Facts & Figures County: Brunswick Website: https://www.oakislandnc.com Attractions: Ahoy! Doughnuts Carolina National Golf Club Oak Island Par Three at South Harbor Oak Island Jungle Golf (mini golf and arcade) Oak Island Parks & Recreation Ocean Crest Pier OKI Scoop Shop and Donuts Pirate’s Deck Restaurant Shagger Jack’s Restaurant North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher PhotosContinue reading “Oak Island, North Carolina”

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