State News

N.C. natural wonders stretch from mountains to coast

Posted May 19, 2010 12:12 p.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2010 3:05 p.m. EDT

— 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.