Two State Park Adventures in Columbus County

Want to make a dent in your state park bucket list? Visit two in one trip: kayak beneath Spanish moss and pitch your tent at a paddle-in campsite along a blackwater river, then watch sailboats glide across the water from the peaceful, sandy shoreline of a Carolina bay.

Luck of the Tar Heel

In a month when everyone’s looking for four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, we’re paying tribute to North Carolinians who have made historic discoveries and found good fortune — including gold — all on their own.