Both the federal and North Carolina state park systems will celebrate their centennials this year. The intent was the same for both: to protect remarkable lands for the enjoyable use of citizens.
It’s a great year to celebrate public lands, for a quick weekend visit (Lake Norman State Park is in metro Charlotte) or a vacation expedition (the 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve is in the Alaskan wilds).
This issue of Road Trips will show you around some of the best you’ll find in the Carolinas.
The National Park Service officially hits 100 on Aug. 25. North Carolina’s actually turned 101 on March 3. South Carolina State Parks came into being in 1934.
The age of the various public expanses isn’t as important as their timeless and distinctive beauty.
Plan ahead. Hit the road. Enjoy.
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, near Linville. AP file photo by Alan Marler.