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It's only 20 minutes from Boone, but this state park feels like a world away.
You might be surprised to learn that there's a mountain east of Raleigh, and you will definitely want to visit.
If you're looking for outdoor activities beyond the beach, these preserves offer incredible natural beauty just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Cape Fear River Partnership developed a video about the importance of maintaining good water quality at the Cape Fear.