People everywhere are looking for ways to get out of their house after nearly two years of being cooped up because of the pandemic.

What better way to do that — and be safe at the same time —than heading for one of North Carolina’s many state parks. Each one is different and offers various activities for individuals and families.

Here are some that are close to Wayne County:

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park919-778-6234; 240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs.

There are camper cabins, tent, trailer and RV sites with electric, water and sewer hookups, group tent sites, dump station, showers and firewood.

The park features four miles of hiking, three and a half miles of biking, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking.

It also has boat rentals, concession stand, amphitheater, auditorium, picnic shelter, visitor center with exhibits, beach access and bathhouses.

One campsite is handicapped accessible as is one cabin and the campground bathhouse. The visitor center and restrooms are also handicapped accessible.

Carolina Beach State Park910-458-8206; 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach.

There is camping with cabins and tents, trailer and RV sites (some have electric, water and sewer hookups), group tent sites, dump station, showers and firewood.

It features nine miles of hiking trails, a mile of biking trails, paddling, fishing and picnicking.

There is a boat ramp, marina, concession stand, auditorium, classroom, visitor center, exhibits, kids track trail, bathhouse. A private concessionaire in the park offers kayak, canoe, paddleboard and bike rentals.

Two trails, three campsites, one cabin, a picnic table, the fishing deck, the boardwalk, a bathhouse and the visitor center are wheelchair accessible.

Eno River State Park919-383-1686; 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham.

It has tent sites, group tent sites and firewood.

There are 13 miles of hiking trails, three miles of horseback riding trails, paddling, fishing, picnicking with picnic shelters.

There are also wheelchair accessible tables for picnicking and handicapped accessible parking and restrooms.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area984-867-8000; 13304 Creedmore Road, Wake Forest.

There are tent sites, trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups), group tent sites, dump stations, showers and firewood.

The park has 25 miles of hiking, 14 miles of biking, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking.

There are also boat ramps, amphitheaters, a community building, picnic shelters, visitor center, exhibits, beach access and bathhouses.

Some campsites are handicapped accessible, as are picnic shelters, fishing piers, swim beaches, community building and visitor center.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area910-458-5798; 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach.

There is no camping

The park has a mile of hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing, picnicking and four-wheel drive beach driving. There are also classrooms, beach access to the ocean and a foot rinse station.

A boardwalk ramp that takes visitors to the park office and beach area are handicapped accessible, as are some picnic tables. A beach wheelchair is available for free at the park office.

Fort Macon State Park252-726-3775; 2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach.

The park has no camping, but there are four of hiking trails, four miles of biking trails, paddling, swimming, fishing, picnicking. There is also a concession stand, visitor enter, exhibits, beach access, bathhouse

Handicapped accessible areas include a bathhouse and beachside concession, as well as picnic areas, lower portions of the fort and the visitor center. It offers a free beach wheelchair.

Goose Creek State Park252-923-2191; 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington.

There are camper cabins, tent, trailer and RV sites all with electric, water and sewer hookups, group tent sites, showers and firewood.

The park features 8.5 miles of hiking trails, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking. There is also a boat ramp, amphitheater, auditorium, outdoor classrooms, picnic shelters, visitor center, exhibits, beach access and a bathhouse.

Handicapped accessible areas include the Palmetto Boardwalk Trail, one primitive campsite, one RV campsite, one cabin, both group campsites, picnic shelters and tables, outdoor classroom and the visitor center.

Hammocks Beach State Park910-326-4881; 1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro.

It has tent sites, group sites and showers, as well as 2.3 miles of hiking trails on the mainland, four miles of beach, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking.

There is also a boat ramp, concession stand, auditorium, gazebo, picnic shelter, visitor center, exhibits, beach access and bathhouse. A private concession has kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for rent, as well as guided kayak and paddleboard tours.

Handicapped accessible areas include the passenger ferry, visitor center, auditorium with an assisted listening system for those with hearing loss, parking and restrooms.

Jones Lake State Park910-588-4550; 4117 N.C. 242 North, Elizabethtown.

The park has tent sites, trailer and RV sites, some with electric, water and sewer hookups, group sites, showers and firewood.

It features six miles of hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking, as well as a boat ramp with boat rentals, concession stand, auditorium, classroom, picnic shelter, visitor center, exhibits, beach access and bathhouse.

Handicapped accessible areas include two campsites, bathhouse, picnic shelter and visitor center. Beach wheelchairs are available for free.

Jordan Lake State Recreational Area919-362-0586; 280 State Park Road, Apex.

There are tent sites, trailer and RV sites some with electric and water hookups, group tent sites, dump stations, showers and firewood, along with 15 miles of hiking trails, paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking.

The park also has boat ramps, amphitheater, auditorium, classroom, picnic shelters, visitor center, exhibits beach access and a bathhouse.

Handicapped accessible areas include some campsites, one group campsite, picnic shelters, swim beaches, visitor center and restrooms.

Lumber River State Park910-628-4564; 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum.

It has tent sites, group tent sites, hiking trails, paddling, fishing, picnicking, boat ramps and a picnic shelter.

Handicapped accessible areas include some campsites, picnic shelter, park office and restrooms.

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area919-383-1686; 625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough.

There is no camping, but there are three miles of hiking trails, fishing and picnicking.

There is a handicapped

accessible restroom.

Raven Rock State Park

910-893-4888; 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington.

The park has camper cabins, tent sites, trailer and RV sites some with electric, water and sewer hookups, showers and firewood.

It also has 26 miles of hiking trails, 6.6 miles of biking trails, eight miles of horseback riding trails, paddling, fishing and picnicking, along with an amphitheater, auditorium, classroom, picnic shelter, visitor center, exhibits, horse trailer parking and bathhouse.

Handicapped accessible areas include a trail, an RV campsite, a camper cabin, two tables inside picnic shelter, a grill at picnic shelter, visitor center and restrooms.

William B. Umstead State Park919-571-4170; 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

There are primitive cabins, a lodge, tent sites, group tent sites, group camps, showers and firewood.

It features 34.5 miles of hiking trails, 13 miles of biking trails, 13 miles of horseback riding trails, paddling, fishing and picnicking, as well as boat rentals, amphitheater, auditorium, classroom, picnic shelters, visitor center, exhibits, bathhouse and horse trailer parking.

Handicapped accessible areas include some picnic shelters, visitor center, auditorium, classroom, exhibits with some signs in large print for those with vision loss, a paved loop around the picnic area and boathouse and restrooms.

You can find a listing of all the North Carolina parks at ncparks.gov.

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