North Carolina was custom-made for outdoor enthusiasts. With an ideal four-season climate and terrain that ranges from rugged and mountainous to gentle rolling hills to coastal plains and beaches, there are always exciting activities beckoning from NC’s Great Outdoors.

Hike the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. Hang glide from a sand dune on the Outer Banks. Take a bike ride on the roads where Lance Armstrong trained for his comeback, or go whitewater rafting at the facility where Olympians practice. North Carolina has lakes to sail, streams to fish and slopes to ski. There are national and state parks with hundreds of trails to explore, and local parks where activities like disc golf, tennis, and softball are daily occurrences.

Whether you like your outdoor activities wild or mild, in warm or cool weather, by the sea or on a mountaintop, NC has the outdoor activity ideal for you. Come discover why North Carolina is the perfect place to get outside and play!