Spring Hikes in North Carolina State Parks

Spring brings the hustle-bustle back to North Carolina state parks. The best way to enjoy spring blossoming across the state is to check out the parks that are less likely to be crowded. Fortunately, some of the most beautiful state parks are also some of the least crowded in the early spring.

Spring is a great time at the parks for all kinds of activities. The thaw settles on our mountain region parks, allowing leaves to bud on branches and the earliest flowers to bloom. Insects emerge, prompting birds to return to the park for food and suitable temperatures. Icy winds turn to cool breezes, making it a great time for hiking and exploring overlooks and mountaintops.

Elk Knob, Gorges, South Mountains, New River, and Lake James state parks along with Mount Jefferson State Natural Area are great western parks to get your outdoor fix without facing clogged parking lots and crowded trails.

Down east, the spring brings ideal conditions for a state park visit. At Lake Waccamaw State Park for example, enjoy the sunshine on the beautiful new boardwalk by the dam, which for the first time allows a hike all the way around the lake.

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