North Carolina

Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail kayaker

Paddlers have a great new website for navigating the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (SECT). This extensive trail allows for travel along an unbroken trail of tidal marshes and rivers more than 760 miles along the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina,… Read More

Growing A Grassroots Health Movement group of kids bicycling

Despite abundant natural resources, many people in northeastern North Carolina lack access to fresh food and opportunities to pursue an active lifestyle.  Our Resourceful Communities program is working with local groups to make a difference. Many communities in the region… Read More

Mapping The Future Of Longleaf Pine image description

Two hundred years ago, the “piney woods” of folk songs were a vast forest sweeping across 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas. The longleaf pine tree towered over the South, sheltering the white-top pitcher plant and the red-cockaded woodpecker… Read More

Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway

As one of the most visited units of the National Park Service (NPS), the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes more than 17 million visitors each year. Travelers enjoy the parkway’s nearly 470 miles of twists and turns through the mountain landscape connecting… Read More

Hoke Community Forest Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest, the first community forest in the Southeastern United States, serves as an innovative model for communities struggling to balance conservation and economic goals. The 532-acre property, located north of the county seat Raeford and about a mile… Read More

Pisgah National Forest Kids at waterfall in Pisgah National Forest

Rushing waterfalls and melodious birdcalls lift the deep quiet of Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. In 2009, we conserved more than 750 acres within the forest, preserving rare vegetation and expanding hikers’ access to Raquette Creek’s popular trails… Read More

Palmetto-Peartree Preserve Birdwatching at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve

The Conservation Fund established the 10,000-acre Palmetto-Peartree Preserve in 1999 with funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The preserve serves as an endangered species mitigation bank for the red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW).  Protection of the RCWs at the preserve… Read More

DuPont State Forest Fishing at Dupont State Forest

Nestled between the cities of Hendersonville and Brevard, the horseshoe-shaped DuPont State Forest covers 10,400 acres within the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a gem of North Carolina’s outdoors, known for its numerous waterfalls and large pockets of granite cover. This beautiful forestland… Read More

With NCIF, Curtis Branch Grows His Farm Curtis Branch, Farmer in North Carolina

Curtis Branch grows wheat, soybeans and corn on his Murfreesboro, North Carolina farm, a 240-acre property that has been in his family for generations. Farming can be risky business. In addition to nature’s weather swings, small, independent farmers like Curtis face… Read More

Grandfather Mountain State Park Grandfather Mountain

In 2009, Grandfather Mountain State Park officially became North Carolina’s newest state park. We helped to protect 2,456 acres along the crest of the famous landmark, truly a natural wonder worth passing on to our grandchildren. Popular hiking trails, the… Read More

Chimney Rock Park Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Deep in the heart of North Carolina, hikers disappear into another world—a world of waterfalls and rocky cliffs, sweeping views and misty caves. It’s a world worth saving—and with The Conservation Fund’s assistance—the state of North Carolina has done just… Read More

New River Initiative New River Gorge

The New River connects communities in 21 rural counties across three states (North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) in southern Appalachia. We are integrating watershed protection with economic revitalization to preserve this American Heritage River—renowned for its wildlife and recreation opportunities…. Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: North Carolina Harper House

Averasboro We were able to help protect more than 80 acres of what was the Confederate line at the Battle of Averasboro, which took place on March 16, 1865.  A conservation easement now protects this land and was funded by a grant from the… Read More