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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Your Favorite State Park

Posted July 31, 2007 6:28 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2007 10:03 a.m. EDT

What is your favorite state park? 

I tossed out this quesiton today in the WRAL newsroom.  Elizabeth Gardner and I both came up with the same answer:  Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes and Alleghany counties near Elkin.  We both love this park for the outstanding trails, stunning and varied views and excellent campgroud facilities.

Valonda Calloway really likes Hammocks Beach State Park.  I hear it is a perfect example of coastal North Carolina before all the bulldozers came.

Another favorite of mine is Lake James near Morganton.  Call me sentimental but you'll cherish the vistas of Table Rock.

Pettigrew State Park near Plymouth is awesome in the winter with the snow geese and tundra swans.

Merchants Millpond in Gates County is one of the most unusual and interesting parks especially if you like to travel by canoe of kayak.

Plus, it's hard to beat Raven Rock near Lillington and Eno River.

What about you?  What are your favorites and why?