North Carolina State Parks

11 North Carolina State Parks in Western North Carolina protect spectacular natural landmarks and provide outstanding recreational opportunities and events.

Chimney Rock

Soaring 1,200ft above the valley floor.


 Elk Knob

Panoramic views from 5,520 feet.



Plunging waterfalls, rugged rivers and sheer rock walls.


 Grandfather Mountain

Alpine-like vegetation and high peak vistas.


 Lake James

150 miles of shoreline.


 Mount Jefferson

See across most of surrounding county to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west.


 Mount Mitchell

A park upon a lofty peak.


 New River

A wild and scenic river--home to gigantic salamanders and bountiful smallmouth bass--carves through ancient bluffs, serene campsites and magnificent forests.


 Pilot Mountain

Served as a landmark for both Native Americans and pioneer travelers.


 South Mountains

Considered one of the state's most rugged parks.


 Stone Mountain

Features cascading waterfalls, cool mountain streams, and quiet forests teeming with wildlife.