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North Carolina

Though North Carolina has been historically known as a rural state, it has undergone rapid urbanization over the last 30 years.

Charlotte, the State's largest city, is home to both Bank of America and Wachovia, as well as 5 other Fortune 500 companies, and is the second largest banking center in the United States.

In addition to its bustling economy, North Carolina offers more than 1.2 million acres of national forest land.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachians, run through the western part of the state, descending into rolling foothills that cover half the state. The range's highest peak, Mount Mitchell, reaches 6,684 feet into the air, making it the tallest in the eastern United States.

North Carolina gave birth to flight when the Wright Brothers first ascended in Kitty Hawk in 1903. It is also the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

With 210 days of sunshine per year and mild temperatures year round, the Tar Heel State's lush, green terrain is perfect for outdoor activities.

Water Bodies

  • Albemarle River
  • Albemarle Sound
  • Alligator River
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Badin Lake
  • Bay Tree Lake
  • Black River
  • Blewett Falls Lake
  • Broad River
  • Cape Fear River
  • Catawba River
  • Chadwick Bay
  • Chattooga River
  • Chatuge Lake
  • Cullasaja River
  • Currituck Sound
  • Deep River
  • Elk River
  • Eno River
  • Falls Lake
  • First Broad River
  • Fisher River
  • Flat River
  • French Broad River
  • Graham-Mebane Lake (formerly Quaker Lake)
  • Green River
  • Haw River
  • High Rock Lake
  • Hiwassee Lake
  • Horsepasture River
  • Hungry River
  • Hyco Lake
  • Hyco River
  • Intracoastal Waterway
  • Jones Lake
  • Jordan Lake
  • Kerr Lake
  • Kitty Hawk Bay
  • Lake Brandt
  • Lake Cammack
  • Lake Gaston
  • Lake Hickory
  • Lake Higgins
  • Lake James
  • Lake Lure
  • Lake Mackintosh
  • Lake Nantahala
  • Lake Norman
  • Lake Tillery
  • Lake Townsend
  • Lake Toxaway
  • Lake Waccamaw
  • Lake Wylie
  • Linville River
  • Little Singletary Lake
  • Lumber River
  • Lynches River
  • Mayo Lake
  • Mills River
  • Mitchell River
  • Mountain Island Lake
  • Nantahala River
  • Neuse River
  • New River
  • Newport River
  • Nolichucky River
  • North Fork New River
  • North River
  • Northeast Cape Fear River
  • Nottley River
  • Pamlico River
  • Pamlico Sound
  • Pamlico Sound
  • Pasquotank River
  • Pee Dee River
  • Perquimans River
  • Pigeon River
  • Price Lake
  • Pungo River
  • Randleman Lake
  • Reddies River
  • Reidsville Lake
  • Roaring River
  • Scuppernong River
  • Second Broad River
  • Shallotte River
  • Singletary Lake
  • Six Run Creek
  • South Fork New River
  • South River
  • Swannanoa River
  • Tallulah River
  • Tar River
  • Tellico River
  • Toxaway River
  • Tuckasegee River
  • Tuckertown Lake
  • Uwharrie River
  • Valley River
  • W. Kerr Scott Lake
  • Waccamaw River
  • Watauga River
  • White Lake
  • White Oak River
  • Whitewater River
  • Yadkin River

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