Stay socially-distant and active in your local State Parks
From the mild climate and low cost of living to great schools and above-average job opportunities, there’s endless reasons to live in and purchase a home in North Carolina. But one attraction that stands out to us at Bill Clark Homes is the natural beauty that surrounds you in areas like Wilmington, Greenville and New Bern. Home to 41 state parks, outdoor enthusiasts and novices alike can find family-friendly activities that get them out of the house and encourage healthy movement. We scouted out a few parks for you to visit, each offering unique experiences that people of all ages and interests can enjoy.
Carolina Beach State Park
Located in New Hanover County, about 10 miles south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is teeming with wildlife, family-friendly hiking trails, campsite and fishing spots. The area was established as a state park in 1969 to preserve the unique environment along the intracoastal waterway (the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River) and is over 760 acres of protected land. Although swimming isn’t allowed in the park, boating and fishing is popular on the water. Located along an important migration corridor, the park is extremely popular for birdwatching and species found include: pelicans, warblers, finches, ospreys, yellowthroats and more.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the park is the Pocosin wetlands, a type of wetland that supports rare carnivorous plant species. Carolina Beach State Park is home to many carnivorous plants, from the famous Venus flytraps to the lesser known pitcher plants, butterworts and bladderworts.
Fort Macon State Park
One of the state’s most popular parks, Fort Macon State Park is rich with historical landmarks and outdoor activities. Fort Macon was built between 1826 and 1834 to guard the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, and was the location of the Battle of Fort Macon in 1862. Guided tours are offered year round and historical reenactments take place every summer. In addition to the fully restored fort, the parks include spots for fishing, nature trails and designated areas for swimming and beachgoing.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
With impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park offers unique views of the surrounding forests and includes five hiking trails to explore. Located just over an hour from both Greenville and New Bern, the campground, group campsites and reservable cabins make it an excellent destination for socially-distant weekend getaways. An 11-acre lake, accompanied by grassy areas and a sandy beach, provide everything you need for a refreshing lake day. Boats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent to partake in fishing or physical activity.
Whether you’ve been an outdoor enthusiast for years or are just looking for a different way to spend the weekend with your loved ones, there’s endless opportunities for adventure in North Carolina’s state parks. If you decide you want to stay more connected to nature and plant your roots in Wilmington, Greenville or New Bern, Bill Clark Homes has you covered. We’ve been building in the state for over 40 years, and we know exactly what homeowners expect from a new-construction house. Explore our dozens of communities, take a virtual tour of our homes or reach out today to learn more.