There are many North Carolina State Parks Many have picnic tables with grills, hiking trails, nature paths, camping, boating and other recreational facilities for you to enjoy.

List of State Parks in North Carolina

NC State Park Location / City Near Facilities / Activities
Boone's Cave State Park Region:  Piedmont, Closest Town:  Troutman, Davidson County, west of Lexington, I-85, NC 150, US 64 Yadkin River, picnic tables and grills, fishing, hiking, reconstructed cabin
Carolina Beach State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  South of Wilmington, US 421 SR 1573, Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry Visitor Center, Marina, Family Campground
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Seven Springs, Southeast of Goldsboro in Wayne County on NC 111 90 Ft cliffs, lake, museum, park office, swimming, boating, camping, picnic tables and grills, hiking
Crowders Mountain State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  Kings Mountain, Gaston County, west of Charlotte, southwest of Gastonia, US 29/75, SR 1125 Crowders Mountain, sheer cliffs, views, lake, hiking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, picnic area
Duke Power State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city: Troutman, Iredell County, south of Statesville, North of Charlotte Lake Norman, boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, picnic areas
Eno River State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  northwest of Durham, Orange and Durham counties, I-85, SR 1569 Eno River, class II rapids, canoeing, rafting, hiking, camping, picnic areas
Fort Macon State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Atlantic Beach, Beaufort Inlet and Harbor, Bogue Banks in Carteret County, NC 58, SR 1190 Civil War artifacts, fishing, swimming, picnic area, bath house, hiking trails, public beach
Goose Creek State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Washington near Bath, Beaufort County, US 264, SR  1334 Pamlico River, Beach, Picnic area, fishing, boating, hiking trails, camping, park office
Hammocks Beach State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Swansboro, part of park is on the Mainland, most of park is on Bear Island, Onslow county, between Morehead City & Jacksonville, NC 24, SR 1511, Ferry to Island barrier island, beach, picnic areas, camping, hiking, park office ferry dock, bath house, loggerhead turtle nesting area
Hanging Rock State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city: Danbury, Stokes county, NC 89, SR 1001 Hanging Rock, Cook's Wall, Moore's Knob, rock climbing, waterfalls, hiking, lake, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, picnic areas
Jockey's Ridge State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Nags Head,  Outer banks, Dare county, US 158, NC 168, US 64 / 264, NC 12 sand dunes, hand gliding, kite flying, picnic areas, park office museum, no camping
Jones Lake State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  north of Elizabethtown, NC 242, Bladen county camping, picnic area, boating, swimming, hiking, beach, pier, hiking trails, Lake
Lake Waccamaw State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  West of Wilmington, east of Whiteville, US 74/76, Columbus County camping, hiking, fishing, picnic area
Lake James State Park Region:  Western Mountans, Closest Town:  Nebo near Marion and Morganton, McDowell and Burke Counties, I-40, US 70, US 221 Lake, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Linville Wilderness area, Blue Ridge Parkway, beach, picnic, camping, hiking, boating, fishing
Medoc Mountain State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town: Enfield, Halifax county, southwest of Roanoke Rapids, North of Rocky Mount, NC 48, SR 1002 park office, hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, picnic areas
Morrow Mountain State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  between Albemarle and Badin, Stanly county, Yadkin River, Lake Tillery, boating, hiking, fishing, picnic areas, horseback riding, museum, park office, information center
Merchants Millpond State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Gatesville US 158, Gates County canoe rentals, boat ramp, hiking, fishing, picnic areas, camping, park office
Mt Jefferson State Park Region:  Western Mountans, Closest Town:  Jefferson, Ashe county, US 221, SR 1152, NC 88 national natural landmark, views, Blue Ridge mountains and parkway, hiking, picnic areas, park office
Mt Mitchell State Park Region:  Western Mountans, Closest Town:  Burnsville, Yancey County, northwest of Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC 128, Black Mountains observation tower, views, hiking, camping, picnic area, restarant
New River State Park Region:  Western Mountans, Closest Town:  Jefferson, Ashe and Allegheny counties, US 221, SR 1590, near NC VA State Line Canoeing, Rafting, New River, camping, picnic tables and grills,
Pilot Mountain State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city: Pinnacle near Mt Airy, US 52 national natural landmark, views, hiking, canoeing, fishing, Yadkin River, camping area, picnic area, horseback riding, park office
Pettigrew State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Creswell US 64, Washington and Tyrrel counties Lake Phelps, Somerset Plantation home, fishing, boating, camping, hiking
Raven Rock State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  Harnett County, west of Lillington, east of Sanford, US 421 SR 1314 cliffs, hiking, Cape Fear River, canoeing, fishing, camping, picnic area, park office
Singletary Lake State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Kelly, Southeast of Elizabethtown, NC 52, Bladen County camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, lake
South Mountains State Park Region:  Western Mountans, Closest Town:  Connelly Springs near Morganton and Shelby, Burke County, I-40, NC 18 mountain streams, waterfalls, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, picnic areas, park office
Stone Mountain State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  Roaring Gap, between Elkin and Sparta, Wilkes and Allegheny Counties, US 21, SR 1002, SR 1784 National natural landmark, trout streams, waterfalls, hiking, views, rock climbing, fishing, picnic areas, camping
Wayneborough State Park Region :  Coastal Plain, Closest Town:  Seven Springs near Goldsboro US 117 bypass, Wayne County Neuse River, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnic areas
William B Umstead State Park Region:  Piedmont, nearby city:  northwest of Raleigh and Durham, US 70, I-40 hiking, horseback riding, picnic area, fishing, boating, creeks, Big Lake, rowboat and canoe rentals, information center

See also NC Lakes