State Parks: Hanging Rock State Park: 100 miles (about 2 hours) from UNC Activities: Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Camping, Swimming, and Climbing Swimming: $4/day Rowboat/Canoe Rentals: $5 for the first hour and $3 for each additional hour Accommodations: Cabin Rentals: Up to 6 people $83/day; by reservation only, minimum 2-night stay. Campsite Rentals: $18/day Stone Mountain State Park: 140 miles (about 2.5 hours) from UNC Activities: Camping, Hiking, Education and Events, Exhibits and Historic Sites, Fishing, Picnicking, and Rock Climbing Fishing (Special Catch and Release): $15/day per section Accommodations: Campsite Rentals: $18/day Falls Lake State Recreation Area: 30 miles (about 40 mins) from UNC Activities: Boating, Hiking, Camping, Picnicking, Community Building, Swimming, and Cycling Entrance Fee: Car = $5/day; Bus or Van = $10/day Accommodations: Campsite Rentals: $18/day Grandfather Mountain State Park: 200 miles (about 4 hours) from UNC Activities: Camping (backcountry and car) and Hiking (more than 12 miles of trails, most are challenging and hikers must use the trails’ ladder and cables in some of the steeper sections.) Accommodations: Camping is allowed at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system. Campers must leave their vehicles at the designated locations since no vehicle can be left overnight in the Grandfather Mountain attraction. Note: There are NO fees for hiking or camping permits, but hikers and campers must be able to produce a valid permit when on state park trails or campsites. To find out where to get a permit, visit: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/grmo/permits.php. Wilderness Areas/National Forest Recreation Areas: Mt. Rogers, Virginia (& Grayson Highlands State Park) 190 miles (about 4 hours) from UNC Activities: Camping (backcountry and car), Fishing and Hunting, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, and Scenic Driving Information: Parking, admission, and boat launching fees can be found at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/documents/feesadmprk.pdf. Accommodations: Cabin and Lodge fees can be found at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/documents/feescabins.pdf. Linville Gorge Wilderness: 200 miles (about 2 ½ hours) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Camping (back country), Climbing, Mountain Biking, and Fishing (Brochure) Accommodations: Camping: A permit is required to camp overnight on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays between May 1st and October 31st with a 3 days and 2 nights maximum length of stay. To make reservations please call the Grandfather District Ranger at 828-652- 4841 or 2144 to secure a permit. Wilson Creek: 190 miles (3.5 hours) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Camping (backcountry and car), Backpacking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain biking, Horseback Riding, Tubing, Swimming, and Fishing Panthertown Valley: 275 miles (4 hours) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Fishing, and Camping (backcountry) Accommodations: Camping allowed with permit Middle Prong & Shining Rock: 255 miles (4 hours) from UNC Activities: Hiking, and Camping (backcountry) Accommodations: Backcountry camping (No open fires are permitted) Uwharrie National Forest: 105 miles (2 hours) from UNC Activities: Camping (backcountry and car), Off-road vehicle use, Boating, Hunting, and Fishing National Park Service: Great Smoking Mountains N.P.: Activities: Camping (backcountry and car), Lodging, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking, Wildlife viewing, and Auto touring. Cape Hatteras National Seashore: 215 miles (4 hours) from UNC Activities: Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Off-road vehicle use, Hunting, Shelling, Birding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Windsurfing, and Lighthouse tours (Vehicles are permitted on ocean beaches from 6 am to 10 pm, May 1st to September 15th. A night driving permit is required between 10 pm and 6 am. ) Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing Fees: Adults: $7, Children under 12: $3.50 Windsurfing equipment is available for rent. Within 30 minutes from UNC Campus: Battle Park: Located on the east side of campus and downhill from the Coker Arboretum. Activities: Hiking and Trail Running. Download a trail map. Mason Farm Biological Reserve: Located south east of the Botanical Gardens and Totten Center. Activities: Hiking and Trail Running (A permit and a key card for the gate must be obtained from the Totten Center for $5. ) Bolin Creek: 7 miles (15 mins) from UNC Activities: Hiking and Trail running Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area: 15 miles (25 mins) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Trail Running, Fishing, and Picnicking Haw River: 25 miles (30 mins) from UNC Activities: Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming, Horseback riding, and Paddling Duke Forest: 10 miles (20 mins) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Trail Running, Fishing, Horseback riding, and Mountain biking Eno River State Park: 20 miles (30 mins) from UNC Activities: Hiking, Trail running, Camping, Fishing, and Canoeing For facilities and fees: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/facilities.php. Reservations are not required but recommended.
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