North Carolina State Parks See Success

North Carolina State Parks

Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County, N.C.

North Carolina’s state parks are proving to be natural wonders. For the third straight year, attendance at state parks and recreation areas hovered around 14 million visits, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

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From beaches to mountains to rivers, North Carolina’s 40 state parks are diverse in their scenery and entertainment offerings. Almost half of them reported attendance increases in 2013.

Not only does this support the parks, it boosts North Carolina’s tourism intake as well. A recent study found that visitors spend an average of $23.50 per day to enjoy the parks, and the park system’s total economic impact was estimated to be more than $400 million by North Carolina State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

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– Rachel Bertone

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