RALEIGH — Planning a visit to a North Carolina state park to view the spectacular colors of changing fall leaves? Maybe you’re still working to complete your N.C. State Parks Passport, or planning to attend one of the remaining State Parks Centennial celebrations.Whatever your plans to visit an N.C. State Park, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources wants to ensure your visit is a safe one. The department recently released a video called Take Care, Be Safe, and Enjoy N.C. State Parks designed to help visitors stay safe while swimming, boating, hiking and rock climbing in state parks.
“The very things that make our parks so attractive – the outdoor scenic beauty and amazing recreational opportunities – can also make them hazardous,” said Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. “Governor Pat McCrory and I want all our visitors to be safe while enjoying state parks. This new video features some of N.C.’s own park rangers providing common-sense tips everyone can use, whether you’re visiting a park in the mountains, the piedmont or the coast.”
The Division of Parks and Recreation manages more than 230,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 17 million visitors annually and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.