Get free admission to National Parks on Monday, January 20, 2014.
North Carolina is home to nine National Parks and “free” is a great price to pay for a fun family field trip!
Here is a listing and contact information for our nine National Parks- please check to be sure they are open and are celebrating the FREE day:
Blue Ridge Parkway at 199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 or (828) 298-0398 for recorded information. Recreation areas on the parkway in North Carolina include areas for camping, hiking, and picnics.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at 1401 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954. Call (252) 473-2111. Recreational fishing and surfing, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (fee charged to climb).
Cape Lookout National Seashore at 131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC 28531, (252) 728-2250 This consists of three undeveloped barrier islands which extend fifty-six miles along the Southern Outer Banks and feature beaches, dunes, historic Portsmouth Village and Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Bird watching, horses, boating, canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, off-road driving, picnicking, ranger programs (summer), shelling, sunbathing, swimming, windsurfing are available. The lighthouse is not open in January.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site at 81 Carl Sandburg Lane in Flat Rock, NC 28731-8635, (828) 693-4178. Connemara was the farm home of the noted poet-author.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site at 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954, (252) 473-2111 (headquarters) or (252) 473-5772 (for visitor information). The first English settlement in North America was attempted here (1585-87) and the fate of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony remains a mystery. Bird and wildlife watching, nature trails and ranger programs are also available.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, (865) 436-1200 (for a recorded message) Encompassing portions of North Carolina and Tennessee, features structures representing southern Appalachian mountain culture, mills, backpacking, bird and wildlife watching, camping, fishing, horseback riding and hiking. The park has waterfalls and you can hike to Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in the park.
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 288-1776. A battle fought here on March 15, 1781, was the largest action of the Revolutionary War’s climactic Southern Campaign. The park has monuments, including a memorial to North Carolina’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, walking trails, or an automobile and bicycle tour road.
Moore’s Creek National Battlefield at 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie, NC 28435. Call (910) 283-5591 for information. The park commemorates the 1776, Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, which was the first decisive Patriot victory of the Revolutionary War and signaled the end of British authority in the colony of North Carolina. The park offers a picnic area, museum, and a walking trail with historic markers, memorials and the historic bridge.
Wright Brothers National Memorial at 1401 National Park Drive in Manteo, NC 27954, (252) 473-2111 (headquarters) (252) 441-7430 (visitor information) Site of the first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. Inside the visitors’ center are replicas of the Wrights’ gliders and other exhibits.