Above: North Carolina Facts: Birkdale Village in Huntersville, about 12 miles north of Charlotte,
is one of North Carolina's most desirable urban communities.
1. The official state flower of North Carolina is the Dogwood.
2. The official state tree of North Carolina is the Pine.
3. The official state bird of North Carolina is the Cardinal.
4. North Carolina has 29 State Parks and one National Park, along with numerous National seashores, National historic sites, and other protected areas.
5. The state of North Carolina is divided into three geographical
regions: Mountains, Heartland, and Coastal.
7. The five largest cities in North Carolina (by population size) are Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem, in that order.
8. The sands of Okracoke Island emit a gleaming white glow at night, due to the sand's high phosphorus content.
9. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened in 1795, and was America's first public university.
10. At Kitty Hawk in 1903, the Wright brothers flew in the world's first man-powered flying machine. That's why the state of North Carolina will always be known as "First In Flight."
Below: University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Here is a list of all 16 public universities in the state of North Carolina.
Above: Duke University in Durham.
Here's an alphabetical list of all the state parks in North Carolina:
Below: Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
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Below: Wild horses roam Corolla Beach.
Above: Linville Gorge.
Above: The homey town of Mount Airy inspired the Andy Griffith Show back in the 60s.
Above: An overcast view of downtown Raleigh.
Above: Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington.
Above: The back lit sands of Okracoke Island.
Free Printable Map of North Carolina.
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