Mayo River State Park
A historic and prized community gathering place flanked by picnic grounds, small fishing ponds and a growing network of hiking trails.
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Serenity seems to pervade this park, enhanced by gentle Fishing Creek and a scenic open meadow that spreads from the picnic grounds and majestic Medoc Mountain.
Whether it’s hiking, camping, paddling, fishing, horseback riding, swimming or just taking in scenery or just taking in the scenery, Morrow Mountain State Park offers a different adventure for everyone.
Rising abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Jefferson State Park's namesake peak is a national natural landmark with a rich history.
A museum that interprets the history of southeastern North Carolina; the 1897 Poe House, which illuminates turn-of-the-century upper middle class life; and Arsenal Park, where the Civil War-era Fayetteville Arsenal once stood.
A base camp for exploration of the New River, a National Wild and Scenic River that winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery.
An aquarium that takes a broader look at the state's natural environment while focusing on the lower Cape Fear. Feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray and marvel at free-flying butterflies and roar with the dinosaurs. Rental Options
An aquarium offering visitors the opportunity to meet the thousands of aquatic animals that call all regions of North Carolina home. Rental Options
An aquarium exploring the waters of Outer Banks. Marvel at the largest collection of sharks in the state, touch stingrays and see sea turtle conservation work in progress. Rental Options
A library focused on facilitating public access to state government information and advancing the study, understanding, and appreciation of North Carolina's cultural heritage.
A regional history museum that tells the story of the Cape Fear region's people and their relationship to the water, including a special focus on pirates of the Lower Cape Fear and blockade runners.