New North Carolina Outdoors Website

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I just recently found out about a relatively new website that I thought you might be interested in.

The site, called Carolina Outdoors Guide, is a comprehensive directory of federal and state recreation lands in North Carolina, including national and state parks, national and state forests, TVA and Corps of Engineers sites, wildlife refuges, coastal reserves and more. The links pages have more than 50 federal, state and private resources related to outdoor recreation.

The site is an excellent resource for finding parks, as well hiking and camping opportunities on public lands around the state.

I found out about the site after receiving an email from the website owner, Chris Nelson.

Chris started Carolina Outdoors Guide in 2006. As part of his job with The News & Observer in Raleigh, he was in charge of publishing a printed version, called Discover Carolina Outdoors. However, in 2006, the newspaper discontinued the annual guide due to the inability to sell enough advertising.

So, with all the information he had already compiled, Chris decided to launch his own website. He believes it’s the most comprehensive single-source directory available for state and federal public recreation sites in North Carolina.

Chris also publishes a blog in conjunction with the site, called, This Land, Your Land. It allows people to keep up with news developments at the parks and forests around the state.

The site makes for a great resource if you’re traveling to North Carolina and want to see what kind of outdoor opportunities you’ll be near. Additionally, North Carolinians will find this useful if they’re wishing to find something new to do within their own state.

Please click here to visit the site.

Jeff Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.

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