A cardinal sitting in a tree in one of the best state parks in North Carolina.
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The Best North Carolina State Parks for Watching Birds

North Carolina State Parks are the best place in the state for bird watching. Even if you are not a seasoned bird watcher, there are plenty of unique birds in the area to marvel at while sipping a cup of coffee near the beach. Inner Banks Inn is ideally near some beautiful paths and state parks to stroll and view North Carolina’s wildlife. Here’s a brief rundown of the best state parks to birdwatch in North Carolina.

Pettigrew State Park

This state park covers almost 6,000 acres of land along with Lake Phelps. There are plenty of trails that lead you through the forest, Lake Phelps, and small rivers. The varied environments you can walk through should give you many moments to see different kinds of birds. For example, the Carolina Wren or a Carolina Chickadee in their desired habitat.

Merchants Millpond State Park

Here you will find vast wooded areas and southern swamps. Rent a canoe, which you can in the park, to make your way through the swamp. It will give you a unique point-of-view for your birdwatching that you won’t get on dry land. In addition, there are hiking and biking trails if you prefer to stay off the waters.

Dismal Swamp State Park

This park is best for hikers. You will get to travel more than 20 miles of trails. One of the best features of this state park is its 2,000-foot boardwalk that takes you through the Great Dismal Swamp. The visitor center will give you a good starting point for the types of birds you are bound to encounter at the state park.

Goose Creek State Park

This last state park is just more than an hour away. But it will give you something that other state parks in the state won’t easily offer. At Goose Creek State Park, you will be able to hike eight miles of coastal trails. It’s a fantastic place to view birds along and near the ocean coast. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of North Carolina’s state bird, the Cardinal. If you are visiting at the right time, you can take a dip in the water at the swim beach.

Immerse Yourself in North Carolina’s Wondrous Wildlife

Bird watching in the best of North Carolina state parks is only the beginning of understanding’s the state’s wildlife and nature. But, when you are done trekking through North Carolina’s rustic wilderness, remember that you’ll have a spacious and quiet room to return to at Inner Banks Inn. We provide luxurious rooms, practical amenities, a fulfilling restaurant, picnic baskets, Boards and Brews charcuterie with a wide selection of North Carolina beers and wine from around the world. If you want to take a breather, we’re minutes away from downtown Edenton for you to grab a bite or shop. Check our availability today to start planning your vacation.

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