North Carolina’s 14th state park began in 1969 as Masonboro State Park w/ the state’s first expenditure for parkland since 1916. The acquisition preserved unique limestone sinks and the habitat of carnivorous plants along the Intracoastal Waterway, with the park becoming known as Carolina Beach State Park in 1974. Please visit the park's website : ncparks.gov/carolina-beach-state-park
With the help of the Nature Conservancy, North Carolina established Carvers Creek as its 33rd state park in 2006 with the purchase of 1371 acres of longleaf pine forest.
Please visit the park's website : ncparks.gov/carvers-creek-state-park
In 1944 local landowner Lionel Weil proposed that the cliffs area along the Neuse River be preserved as a state park. Land was donated by Weil and others through the Wayne Foundation and North Carolina’s 9th state park was established in 1945.
Please visit the park's website : ncparks.gov/cliffs-of-the-neuse-state-park
In 1970, the threat that Crowders Mountain would be strip mined led local citizen groups, such as the Gaston College Ecology Club and the Gaston County Conservation Society to alert people to the danger of the loss of this landmark. In 1973 it became North Carolina’s 18th state park. Please visit the park's website : ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park
In 1972, the Nature Conservancy purchased Dismal Swamp land from timber companies and sold over 14,000 acres of that land to the State of North Carolina in 1974 establishing its 19th state park. Landlocked on three sides and bordered by the Canal on the fourth, the park did not open to the public until 2008 when a bridge was built. Please visit the park's website : ncparks.gov/dismal-swamp-state-park