Our National Parks Just Turned 100

North Carolina Enjoys 14 National Park Sites


Cape Lookout on the North Carolina Coast

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On August 25, the National Park Service marked its centennial anniversary, having been established in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior. The act gave the National Park Service responsibility for protecting 35 national parks and monuments as well as those yet to be established. Today, there are more than 400 parks within the system. In addition to federal support, the National Park Service is supported by the National Park Foundation, which was established in 1967.

So, what can your family do to celebrate this national milestone? Here are three ways.

1. Get to Know Your Parks

In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have 14 sites, parks and areas designated and protected by the National Park Service. From hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains to wading in the breakers at Cape Lookout, there are historical sites and landmarks rich with history all across our state.

2. Plan a Free Trip

There are a few free admission days left in celebration of the centennial. Take advantage of them. This weekend, Aug. 25-28, as well as September 24 and November 11. Enjoy your national parks on Uncle Sam this year!

3. Support the National Parks

By joining the National Park Service community, you are registering for emails and information. You will have access to guides, travel tips, news and more, which could also help you plan day trips and family vacations. You can also donate to the National Park Foundation and help support the future of our national parks.

For more information on the National Park Service, visit nps.gov. For more information on the National Park Foundation, visit nationalparks.org.

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