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Above: North Carolina Facts: Birkdale Village in Huntersville, about 12 miles north of Charlotte, is one of North Carolina's most desirable urban communities.

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North Carolina Facts

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 high phosphorus content.

9. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened in 1795, and was America's first public university.

Below: University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

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Public Universities in North Carolina

Appalachian State University in Boone

East Carolina University in Greenville

Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth

Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro

North Carolina Central University in Durham

North Carolina State University in Raleigh

University of North Carolina at Asheville

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee

Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem

Above: Duke University in Durham.

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North Carolina State Parks

Bay Tree Lake State Park

Cape Hatteras State Park

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park

Daniel Boone State Park

Dismal Swamp State Park

Duke Powder State Park

Eno River State Park

Falls Lake State Park

Fort Macon State Park

Goose Creek State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park

Hanging Rock State Park

Jockeys Ridge State Park

Jones Lake State Park

Lake Waccamaw State Park

Merchants Millpond State Park

Morrow Mountain State Park

Mount Jefferson State Park

Mount Mitchell State Park

North Carolina Wildlife Landing

Pettigrew State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park

Raven Rock State Park

Rendezvous Mountain State Park

Singletary Lake State Park

Stone Mountain State Park

Town Creek Indian Mound State Park

William B Umstead State Park

Below: Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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Below: Wild horses roam Corolla Beach.

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Above: Linville Gorge.

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Above: The homey town of Mount Airy inspired the Andy Griffith Show back in the 60s.

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Above: An overcast view of downtown Raleigh. 

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Above: Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington. 

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Above: The back lit sands of Okracoke Island. 

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