Record Attendance at NC State Parks
State parks in North Carolina reported record attendance in 2009 of 14.16 million visits, a jump of 13 percent over the previous year, and up 5 percent from the previous record set in 2007, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
This can be compared to 1984 when only 5.9 million people visited state parks and state recreation areas.
That's great but not surprising. State parks are well-marked, safe, and ready for soft-core adventures. The trails are well-signposted and it is hard to get lost on the trails.
In the mountains, it is difficult to get to Mt. Mitchell State Park right now. But with not much more driving, head for Lake James State Park which is flat and suitable for anyone. Also South Mountain State Park close to Morganton should be warmer and easier to get around.
In Morganton, check out its Greenway- four miles of easy, flat walking.
There's always someplace to hike.