Outdoor Destinations Close By

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, south of Kinston, NC, offers camping, fishing and hiking. There is a museum with educational displays explaning the geological history which has led to this more mountainous terrain in a coastal plain.
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs, NC 28578
(919) 778-6234

Goose Creek State Park , south of Washington, NC, offers hiking and canoeing trails and a swimming beach on the Pamlico River.

North Carolina Esturaium in Washington, NC, aquariums and exhibits focusing on the esturaries of NC.

Dismal Swamp State Park, near the Virginia border on Hwy. 17, contains hiking and biking trails as well as many canoe of kayak opportunities and “Geroge Washington was here” surveying the area and calling it “a glorious paradise.”
2294 US 17 North, South Mills, NC 27976

Merchants Millpond State Park, southeast of The Great Dismal Swamp, has been described as an “enchanted forest”. You can explore with a kayak or canoe or just lazy around and fish.
176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC 27938-9440
(252) 357-1191

Hammocks Beach State Park, near Swansboro, NC, enjoying fishing, shelling and exploring on Bear Island which is only accesible by boat or ferry.
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC 28584
(910) 326-4881

Further afield:

Hanging Rock State Park, north of Winston Salem, exploring a finger of the mountains extending east for hiking, rock climbing and viewing many small waterfalls.
1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC 27016-7417
(336) 593-8480

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, NC. A 900 acre nature preserve to walk and explore.
1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-2167

The Walthour- Moss Foundation Preserve, Southern Pines, 4000 acres, know for equestrian activities and bird watching, it is a great place to commune with nature.
The Walthour-Moss Foundation
PO Box 978, Southern Pines, NC 28388