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Dogwood blossom


Throughout April, North Carolinians celebrate the delicate blossoms that leaf out on dogwood trees with festivals and fanfare across the state.

The Appalachian Trail through Roan Highlands.

Appalachian Trail

Home to the tallest peaks along the near 2,200-mile route, North Carolina’s stretch of Appalachian Trail draws both thru-hikers and day-trippers for mountain views and tranquility.

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

For this legendary musician, the path to stardom — and civil rights activism — began during her early childhood in Tryon.

Plate of mt olive pickles and a jar.

Mt. Olive Pickles

When met with a surplus of produce, Southerners turn to Ball jars of brine. In one Wayne County railroad town, this led to the launch of a booming business — and a small town’s identity.

Fraser firs

Fraser Firs

Our state boasts the second-largest Christmas tree industry in the country. With full, emerald-green branches and plenty of pageantry, Fraser firs are at the root of a classic North Carolina Christmas.

Handmade vases are just one form of Seagrove Pottery


Close to the Sandhills, a community of talented ceramicists continues the multi-generational legacy of Seagrove pottery.

Richard Petty

Many debate the greatest of all time in American sports, but when it comes to North Carolina racing, there’s no doubt who reigns supreme.

Jockey’s Ridge

There is no more recognizable natural feature on the Outer Banks than the largest living sand dune on the East Coast — but this coastal icon was almost lost to development in the 1970s.

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