Eno River State Park Small scenic river meanders through woodlands and farmlands, passing an array of piedmont natural habitats including bottomland wetlands and representative forest types. more info
Hanging Rock State Park
Description: Isolated group of low mountains with exceptional diversity of forest communities. Impressive quartzite-capped ridges and cliffs. Mixture of piedmont and montane flora. Cascading streams and waterfalls in narrow ravines. Extension of park reaches nearby Dan River.
Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife typical of piedmont and mountain foothills. Birds abundant year-round, with greatest numbers seen during spring and fall migrations. Variety of frogs and toads, lizards, snakes, and salamanders including the state’s only population of Wehrle’s salamander. Commonly seen mammals include white-tailed deer, foxes, raccoons, and bats.
Special Tips: More than eighteen miles of hiking trails to many scenic areas and habitat types. Trails lead to waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and a remote cave.