Historic Bath – Bath, North Carolina

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Bath houseHistoric Bath – Bath, North Carolina

Come and visit this historic community on your tour of North Carolina.  

Historic Bath is North Carolina’s oldest incorporated town (1705), featuring several restored period homes and is a North Carolina State Historic Site.

European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690s led to the creation of Bath, North Carolina’s first town, in 1705. The town’s location seemed ideal with easy access to the river and the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles away at Ocracoke Inlet.

By 1708, Bath consisted of 12 houses and about 50 people. Trade in naval stores, furs, and tobacco was important, and Bath became the first port of entry into North Carolina.

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The Aurora Fossil Museum – Aurora, North Carolina

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Aurora Fossil MuseumThe Aurora Fossil Museum – Aurora, North Carolina

If you are interested in an all encompassing tour of sites for North Carolina and the historic relevance it has to the establishment of the USA then you will surly enjoy taking the time to take this tour and explore the vast number of sites made available.

You may want to start out with The Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, or at least put it on your planner.  Here you will explore prehistoric life, see the fossils and have the opportunity to find your own.  You will have the opportunity to meet the scientists who can help you identify your unknown rocks, fossils and minerals.  

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Best Backpacking Trips in North Carolina

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North Carolina offers some of the best backpacking trips on th east coast. From Oceanside to the mountains, you can find the backpacking adventure that is right for you.

For the outdoor adventurer, North Carolina has the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Here you will find nature, history, and all of the beauty that the national park system offers. Your trip can follow the comfort of pre-planned hikes along the numerous hiking trails. Or you can seek adventure on your own as you explore the natural wonder of the Smokey Mountains. Some of the more remote areas include the Big Creek Campground and the Chestnut Branch Trail; both perennial hiking and backpacker favorites.

The Pisgah National Forest offer mountain adventures. But the forest offers and intriguing twist with constant surprises in foliage. The aromas will captivate you as you stumble upon Magnolias, or Flowering Dogwoods, or azaleas; each bringing a wonderfully exciting new scent as you journey on your path.

This author’s favorite is Bear Island! Hike the beaches and mostly uninhabitted shoreline and you will often find yourself joined by dolphins traveling alongside you. The island has a rich history of pirates and pirate hideouts, and was a refuge for Indians in the Indian Wars. The military used it as an outpost from the Civil War through World War II. Today the park service has very strict camping regulations but they are well worth complying with, even if they are a bit rugged.

If rugged camping is not your style, then perhaps the comfort of a hotel or hostel and an urban hiking experience might be better. North Carolina offers many hostels that are happy to cater to the backpacker accommodation needs. For the more urban minded, Charlotte offers a variety of hikes with the luxury of everything that urban Charlotte has to offer.

Biltmore Estates – Ashland, North Carolina

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Biltmore Estates – Ashland, North Carolina

Enter the past when you visit Biltmore Estates, the extraordinary home of George Vanderbilt.  This is a place of mystery, love, history and more.  To enter the world of intrigue is something you will treasure for years to come.

To understand where you are you really need to have a little history.  Biltmore was one of the largest undertakings in the history of American residential architecture taking over 5 years and an entire community of craftsmen to build.  The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three-mile railway spur to transport the materials needed to build this unbelievably bbeautiful home. 

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail – 300 Miles in NC

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail – 300 Miles in NC

The Appalachian Trail was completed in 1937 as a simple footpath from Maine to Georgia.  It i snow a privately managed unit of the national park system and is the nation’s longest marked footpath of approximately 2,179 miles.  The trial crosses eight national forest areas, touches 14 states and is home to more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plants and animal species at about 534 sites.

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Battleship USS North Carolina – Wilmington, North Carolina

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Battleship USS North Carolina – Wilmington, North Carolina

1937 began the life on the seas for the USS North Carolina.  It was the first battleship to be constructed in sixteen years and was the fist of ten fast battleships to join American fleet in the WWII. 

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Fort Fisher – Kure Beach, North Carolina

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Fort Fisher – Kure Beach, North Carolina

Fort Fisher was once of the Confederacy’s largest and technically advanced forts.  This stronghold was the final hold for the Confederate army and which Robert E. Lee depended solely for supplies following the defeats at Savannah and Mobile.  It was until the last few months of the Civil War that Ft. Fisher kept the port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners to supply the goods that the Confederate armies needed to survive.

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African American Cultural Complex – Raleigh, North Carolina

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African American Cultural Complex – Raleigh, North Carolina

Are you interested in tracing the history of the African American lifestyle of North Carolina?  If you are then you will want to visit this complex where you will be able to see a collection of artifacts, documents and see displays which are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.  Note, the museum is open by appointment only so you will want to make plans to visit and call ahead.

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Aurora Fossil Museum – Aurora, North Carolina

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This educational resource was founded in 1976 to increase the knowledge of the geology and paleontology of the coastal plains of North Carolina.  The exhibits and outreach programs as well as the field studies give students an opportunity to understand the land on which they live.

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Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

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Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

The historic landmark at this site is the 5 sided fort constructed of brick and stone which guarded the entrance to Beaufort Harbor.  The Park is surrounded on three sides by water, the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound.  There are 26 vaulted rooms (also called casemates) inside the fort with the outer walls an average of 4 1/2 feet thick.

This area was often under attack by unwanted sources such as Blackbeard and other infamous pirates that were known to have passed through Beaufort Inlet at will while successive wars with Spain, France and Great Britain during the Colonial Period.  Beaufort was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747 and again by the British in 1782.

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