Every year, my two older brothers and I go off on an adventure – backpacking with our essentials, somewhere new and somewhere beautiful!
Last year, we tackled The Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming. This is part of the Wind River Range, in Bridger-Teton National Forest. This hike was absolutely stunning, challenging, and rewarding.
So this year we have decided to backpack in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Idaho. This is a part of the Rocky Mountains reaching just below 11,000 feet. I can’t wait to see (and possibly swim) in the crystal clear lakes and marvel at the high granite peaks.
While I enjoy backpacking, I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It can be very intimidating and I don’t recommend going in blind. However, I truly believe you are capable of more than you know and that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
That being said, I came up with a list of the bare basic backpacking essentials. These can apply to just a day hike or a full on backpacking trip.
All 41 of the North Carolina State Parks You Should Visit This Year
The weather is beautiful and it’s time to start thinking about summer adventures at all 41 of the North Carolina State Parks.
There are currently 41 areas part of the NC State Parks system, including 34 parks, four recreation areas, and three state natural areas, according to NC Parks.
That opens up the door for a ton of adventure, whether you like camping, hiking, beaches, mountains or everything in between.
“Come to our parks to marvel at our state’s most beautiful natural resources, enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, and learn about the rich science, culture, and history that make our parks great,” NC Parks says on their site. “From Gorges State Park on the Blue Ridge escarpment to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, you’ll find mysterious bay lakes, wild swamps, sandhills with their longleaf pine habitats, piedmont river systems, and bold mountain streams.”
The closest state parks to Fayetteville are Carvers Creek (right here in Cumberland County!), Raven Rock, Jones Lake, Weymouth Woods, Singletary Lake, and Lumber River.
So here’s a look at all 41 of those amazing places to check out, with links to each park, so you can learn more for your North Carolina State Parks adventure!