The Geology of North Carolina State Parks and Other Protected Areas

North Carolina’s State Parks and other protected areas are exciting places to learn about the geology of the state. Many State Parks were established because of unique geologic features.  Examples of State Parks established because of exceptional geologic features include: Stone Mountain, Raven Rock, Cliffs of the Neuse, Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain, Medoc Mountain, Morrow Mountain, Gorges, Crowders Mountain, Jockey’s Ridge, Lake Waccamaw, etc…..

The North Carolina Geological Survey has developed several publications to select State Parks and other protected areas. These guides and publications are intended to enhance the visitor experience and to promote geologic education. Additionally, the guides can be resources for teaching earth science in which geologic concepts are taught using real-life examples.


Location NCGS Publication Other Resources
State Wide

Geology of NC State Parks

View and download the publication:

A Geologic Guide to North Carolina’s State Parks

Purchase this publication

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway publication

A Geologic Adventure Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Gorges State Park

Gorges State Park

Geology of Gorges State Park

Elk Knob State Park   Geology of Elk Knob State Park
Stone Mountain State Park   Geology of Stone Mountain State Park
Crowders Mountain State Park

The Geology of Crowders Mountain State Park - pdf download

Eno River State Park and other Protected Lands

Eno River guideTo purchase the publication:

A Geologic Adventure Along the Eno River

For a limited time, download the PDF:

A Geologic Adventure Along the Eno River

Geology of the Eno River
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area   Geology of Occoneechee Mountain
Falls Lake Area   The Falls Lake Trail -  A Geologic Guide
Haw River State Park  Haw River and HWY 64 Geologic Trail Guide Geology of Haw River State Park
Raleigh Area Greenways   Geology of Raleigh Area Greenways