Hanging Rock State Park:
100 miles (about 2 hours) from UNC
Activities: Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Camping, Swimming, and Climbing
Rowboat/Canoe Rentals: $5 for the first hour and $3 for each additional hour
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
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
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
Accommodations: Cabin and Lodge fees can be found at
Linville Gorge Wilderness:
200 miles (about 2 ½ hours) from UNC
Activities: Hiking, Camping (back country), Climbing, Mountain Biking, and Fishing (Brochure)
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.
190 miles (3.5 hours) from UNC
Activities: Hiking, Camping (backcountry and car), Backpacking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain
biking, Horseback Riding, Tubing, Swimming, and Fishing
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:
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. )
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
25 miles (30 mins) from UNC
Activities: Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming, Horseback riding, and Paddling
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.