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Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement!

As an outdoor leader, parks advocate, and travel blogger, I am proud to join the #RecreateResponsibly coalition and encourage others to join the #RecreateResponsibly movement. “During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become more important than ever. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts toContinue reading “Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement!”

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”

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”

Pinehurst Resort

Facts & Figures Address: 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374 County: Moore Phone: (855) 235-8507 Website: https://www.pinehurst.com Activities: Boating Croquet Cycling Golf Tennis Swimming Accommodations: Carolina Hotel Holly Inn The Manor Carolina Villas Condos at Pinehurst Photos Overview Opened in 1895, Pinehurst Resort is known as “The Cradle of American Golf.” Located in theContinue reading “Pinehurst Resort”

Raven Rock State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546 County: Harnett Size: 4,810 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm Phone: (910) 893-4888 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/raven-rock-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Paddling Picnicking Photos Overview Located along theContinue reading “Raven Rock State Park”

Ocracoke Island

Facts & Figures County: Hyde Population: 948 Zip Code: 27960 Area: 9.6 square miles (8.6 square miles of land, 640 acres of water) Resources: Ferry System: https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferry/Pages/default.aspx Lodging: https://ocracokeguide.com/accommodations Ocracoke Light Station: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/ols.htm Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Shop: https://www.teachshole.com Photos Overview Ocracoke Island is a remote barrier island off the coast of NorthContinue reading “Ocracoke Island”

From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina

I’ll never forget the feeling of crossing over the North Carolina state line on I-77 South when moving here from Northeast Ohio back in November of 2013. It was a completely different feeling crossing over that state line, knowing that this would be our new home, rather than just a vacation destination for a week.Continue reading “From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina”

Pilot Mountain State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043 County: Surry and Yadkin Size: 3,872 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (336) 325-2355 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Horseback Riding Paddling Picnic Shelters/Tables Rock Climbing/RappellingContinue reading “Pilot Mountain State Park”

North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Facts & Figures County: Dare Areas: Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Island Attractions: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island The Lost Colony Jennette’s Pier Jockey’s Ridge State Park Wright Brothers National Memorial Bodie Island Lighthouse Oregon Inlet Pea Island National Wildlife RefugeContinue reading “North Carolina’s Outer Banks”