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North Carolina State Parks Centennial

A man is in stable condition after falling 70 feet while hiking Crowders Mountain.
Briana Duggan
View from Crowders Mountain

Both the North Carolina and the National Park systems are turning 100 this year. From the largest to the smallest, these parks have become a national treasure that are experiencing a surge in use with last year seeing record-setting attendance. But the growing popularity of communing with nature in our parks is presenting its own challenges. Some say we’re actually loving our parks to death. We take a look at the history of our parks and the future of them.

Mike Murphy, director, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation

Larry Hyde, superintendent, Crowders Mountain State Park

Dewey Matherly, president, Friends of Crowders Mountain 

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