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William B. Umstead State Park is located in Wake County between Raleigh and Durham. 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 919-571-4170
The Crabtree Creek section is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. The park visitors center and camping facilities are located in this section. From I-40, turn northeast on I-540 and take the US 70 exit. Travel southeast on US 70, and turn right on Umstead Parkway, which leads to the park office and visitor’s center.
The entrance to the Reedy Creek section is 11 miles west of Raleigh off I-40. From I-40, take the Harrison Avenue exit and travel northeast into the park.
Eno River State Park - 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 919-383-1686
Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed. The Eno River is a swift, shallow stream flowing from northwest Orange County into Durham County for 33 miles where it joins the Flat River to become the Neuse and flows into Falls Lake. Its waters roll through wilderness, passing historic mill sites, river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs, and fords used by early settlers.
Rains can turn the river into a raging torrent, yet it quickly settles into a gentle current. It is a chain of rapids, pools, and riffles meandering through forest on a bed of rock.
The valley of the river is narrow and steep walled. The rugged landscape is carved and sculpted by swift flowing water. Eno River State Park lies here, in the beauty of more than 3900 acres of natural resources. Five accesses – Cabe Lands, Cole Mill, Few's Ford, Pleasant Green, and Pump Station – offer entry into this largely unspoiled river environment.
Falls Lake State Recreation - 13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 919-676-1027
Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life. With a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a choice of recreation areas Beaverdam, B.W. Wells, Highway 50, Holly Point, Rolling View, Sandling Beach and Shinleaf.
Fishing, boating and swimming are only a few of the activities awaiting you on the water. On land, you can enjoy walking, mountain biking or camping along a portion of the state's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. From recreation to environmental education, no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to discover it at Falls Lake.
Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area - 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 919-383-1686
High scenic views and mountain trails await you at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. This Piedmont monadnock has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. It is the highest point in Orange County at 867 feet, and the oak forest, pond, field, heath bluff, and river habitats found on the mountain support species that are rare and significant in this region. With 190 acres of land and nearly three miles of trails, visitors can experience a wide variety of the area's natural surroundings and wildlife.
North Carolina Historic Sites, a group of 27 unique state historic sites, invites you to open doors into the past and more fully understand the world we live in today. Whether you live in North Carolina or are just visiting, our sites will pique the imagination, stir the mind, and lift the spirit.
Bennett Place Historic Site - 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC 919-383-4345
This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.
Duke Homestead & Tobacco Museum - 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 919-477-5498
See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. His sons later founded The American Tobacco Company, the world's largest tobacco company. Duke and others helped create a market for Durham-area tobacco products that eventually would make North Carolina the heart of an international tobacco empire. Many profits were invested in land and industries but others were used for such humanitarian causes as Duke University, named for the family.
Historic Stagville - 5828 Old Oxford Hwy, Durham, NC 919-620-0120
Comprises the remains of North Carolina's largest pre-Civil War plantation and one of the South's largest. It once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn built by skilled slave craftsmen, and the Bennehan Family cemetery.
State Capitol - One East Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 919-733-4624
The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
Crosswinds Marina - Jordan Lake 565 Farrington Rd, Apex NC 919-362-5391
Crosswinds Marina is a full service facility located on B. Everett Jordan Lake, approximately 20 miles west of Raleigh, North Carolina. Services include wet storage, dry storage on trailers, pontoon and fishing boat rentals, public launch ramps, tackle shop, and an independent marine repair shop.
Rollingview Marina - Falls Lake 3940 Falls Lake Rd, Durham, NC 91-596-2194
Rollingview Marina is a full service facility located on Falls Lake. Services include full service convenience food and supply store with gas, food, bathrooms, ice, marine accessories, oil, tackle, live bait, etc. Services also include general maintenance and service facility, including dry storage and wet slips.