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Top 10 natural wonders of N.C.

Posted April 27, 2010

What are the natural wonders of North Carolina? Land for Tomorrow, a coalition of conservation groups, is taking nominations on the natural treasures across the Old North State.

I thought we could give the group a hand. Our bloggers here certainly know and love North Carolina. The goal is to come up with a list of 10 natural wonders that reflect unusual landscape, natural features, wildlife and plant life.

Here are my nominations: Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain, Whitewater Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mt. Mitchell, New River, Lake Mattamuskeet, Roanoke River, Ocracoke Island and Lumber River.

Here are some other possibilities: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Black River, Jockey's Ridge, Merchant's Millpond and Weymouth Woods.

Okay. What is your top 10?


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  • jpnelson53 May 5, 2010

    I vote for the Lumber River!
    JN in Lumberton

  • alceonjones May 4, 2010

    Lumber River is a must for the top ten! It is dark, deep, and full of mystery. It meanders through a large area of southeastern North Carolina and harbors many secrets.

  • thinknc Apr 27, 2010

    So many incredible places have already been named. I'd add Bear Island/Hammocks Beach State Park and Doughton Park to those already mentioned.

  • happy Apr 27, 2010

    I saw Pilot Mtn for the first time in my life last week. I didn't have time to stop on the trip up and was hoping to at least pull into a scenic overlook on the way home but there wasn't one on my side of the highway.

    Mt. Mitchell has to be listed but it sure isn't the beauty that it used to be before the acid rain caused such damage to the trees.

  • cagerat42 Apr 27, 2010

    Don't forget Pilot Mountain and the granite mine in Mt.Airy.

  • ratherbnnc Apr 27, 2010

    Jockeys Ridge State Park in Nags Head. Highest natural sand dune on the east coast. And dont forget, If it wasnt for an activist named Carolista Baum who stood in front of developers bulldozers and forced them to stop, it would be flat and full of condos.

  • untiltheyallhaveahome Apr 27, 2010

    Cades Cove is actually in Townsend TN. One of my favorite places on Earth! I make sure to go there at least once a year. Oh, by the way, they are in the process of resurfacing the Cades Cove loop right now and expect to be done by June.

  • tonielam Apr 27, 2010

    Hot Springs, NC is so relaxing.

  • Wheelman Apr 27, 2010

    As far as I'm concerned this entire state is a natural wonder. Everywhere I have traveled in NC (which is pretty much all of it) I continually see wonders of nature we have been blessed with. There are few places on earth that can match our diversity of nature.

  • WXYZ Apr 27, 2010

    The Beaches of NC. Mt Mitchell. Merchant's Mill Pond (Dismal Swamp by canoe). Chimney Rock. Grandfather Trail. Grandfather Mtn. Jockey's Ridge. Lake Junaluska at Sunset. Blue Ridge Parkway--many sites: Craggy Gardens, Mile Marker 400 to 440, Stone Mtn, Wolf Mtn.




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