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Outdoor Recreation

Fast Facts

200+ Trailheads

Across the Carolina Core

NC Triad Outdoors

500 Miles

Of Trails in the Carolina Core

NC Carolina Core

50,000+ Acres

Uwharrie National Forest Trail Located Near Asheboro

NC Triad Outdoors

Person paddleboarding on serene lake.


Get Lost in Nature

State parks, national forests and lakes, oh my! While you won’t see any ferocious animals roaming throughout the Carolina Core you will find bold adventures — from rock climbing Pilot Mountain State Park’s steep mountain terrain to teetering to the top of Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury.

Do you want to see wild animals? Do so from the safety of North Carolina Zoo, which is located just south of Asheboro. As the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, the zoo is home to African elephants, lions, the American Bison and more.

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Outdoor Adventures

More Excitement

Shh. Quiet. Can you hear that? Is that a warbler, a babbling brook or the rush of a waterfall at Hanging Rock State Park? Regardless of the sound, you can be sure it’s tied to your next amazing adventure. The Carolina Core offers many opportunities to get into nature – from rock climbing in Uwharrie National Forest to hiking or camping through the secluded rolling forests of Boone’s Cave Park.

Load up the kayak (or rent one from one of the many outfitters in the Carolina Core) and make your way to the beautiful lakes at Tanglewood Park. Or head to one of several lakes throughout the region for phenomenal fishing experiences. One thing is for sure: excitement is just around the corner.

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Family Fun

Bonding in the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re a child or an adult, the excitement never runs out in the Carolina Core – and we’re not talking about on an electronic device, either. Take the kids on a wild adventure of ziplining at the North Carolina Zoo or the Kersey Valley Zipline Aerial Tours. Check out Triad Trolleys for fun, eco-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy, from electric biking to segway tours and paddleboarding. Visit the All A Flutter Butterfly Farm and the North Carolina Zoo for an up-close and personal experience with wildlife. Or, imitate your favorite animal’s behaviors at the Greensboro Science Center’s SKYWILD — a high ropes course designed to teach participants animal actions like waddling, leaping and crawling.