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N.C. natural wonders stretch from mountains to coast

Posted May 19, 2010

— North Carolina's natural wonders stretch from the mountains to the coast with not a lot in between.

That's the result of a contest sponsored by Land for Tomorrow, an environmental coalition working to preserve the state's land and water resources.

Voters were asked to nominate any landscape, natural feature, wildlife or plant life unique to North Carolina which should be counted as one of its top natural wonders.

The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Lake Mattamuskeet
  • Lumber River
  • Merchants Millpond State Park
  • Mountains to Sea Trail
  • New River
  • Ocracoke Island

Land for Tomorrow officials said while the Blue Ridge Parkway does include a man-made road, other parts of the parkway can be considered natural wonders, such as the scenery.

The group received 200 unique nominations among 1,300 offered. A panel narrowed those 200 to 25, and voters determined the final 10.


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  • im rick james May 21, 2010

    "Hmm, I didn't know lighthouses were natural."

    they didn't mention lighthouses. they mentioned cape hatteras and cape lookout. i would imagine they are talking about the actual places, not the lighthouses, since the lighthouses weren't even mentioned.

  • lovelarvae May 19, 2010

    Just walked some trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park. I highly recommend it.

  • meBNme May 19, 2010

    "but none of them feel like home like the Smokies do."

    Yeah, thats it right there.

    I mean home like as in where you originated from, your soul feels at home, home with the earth and all of Gods wonderous creation home. Home that you never wnat to leave.

    It's like every fiber of your being sighs in relaxation and soaks it all in type of "home".

    Theres nothing like it.

  • BubbaDuke May 19, 2010

    The Great Smokies is number one because it is home to an international biosphere reserve; is the most visited park in the United States, and it contains five historic districts and nine individual listings on the National Register of Historical Places. It's also home to many cultural traditions - especially the music, which is a blend of blue-grass and Celtic. Mountain craftsmen and artists also account for some of the tourism trade.

    I can't think of a place I'd rather live than in the Smoky Mountains. I've seen the Rockies and the Sierras, and they're all beautiful, but none of them feel like home like the Smokies do.

  • mike honcho May 19, 2010

    You've got Derm in between.....wait, your right, not much.

  • OGE May 19, 2010

    2) Pilot Mountain

    Niple Mountain

  • OGE May 19, 2010

    Seeing as how everyone in this state is huddled around the major highways...does this surprise anyone?

  • none_given May 19, 2010

    LOL meNBme. I've been called worse, pretty recently too!

  • RedStatesManWatts May 19, 2010

    It's official:
    Blue Ridge Parkway,Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout,Grandfather Mountain,Great Smoky Mountains,Lake Mattamuskeet,Lumber River,
    Merchants Millpond State Park,Mountains to Sea Trail,New River
    Ocracoke Island,Johnston County and Bev Perdue

  • The Oracle May 19, 2010

    "Great Smoky Mountains #1 us park"
    Why is it #1? More people see it, but that is because it is closer to population centers than places like Yellowstone or Grand Canyon.