Official State Fruit is Scuppernong - a variety of muscadine grape
Nickname was the Old North State, nicknamed Tar Heels during the Civil War
Official song - The Old North State adopted 1927
Motto - Esse Quam Videri means "to be rather than to seem" - placed on the NC Coat of Arms upon the Great Seal of the State in 1893
North Carolina has 34 state parks and recreation areas which receive over 12 million visitors a year.
The Western Mountains include over 43 mountain peaks reaching more than 6000 ft. Mt Mitchell located near Marion is the highest peak in the eastern USA.
There are over 1700 miles of highways designated as Scenic Routes. NCDOT Roadside environmental unit seeds and maintains flower beds across the state.
The oldest bridge in North Carolina still in use is the Pigeon River Bridge built in 1891 located near Waynesville North Carolina.
Cape Fear River Basin - information on the largest river basin in North Carolina. The Cape Fear river basin covers both the Piedmont and Coastal plains of North Carolina.
North Carolina Department of Transportation has the largest ferry system on the east coast.
The University of North Carolina was chartered in 1789. It was the first state university in the United States.
Blue Ridge Mountain Range Facts
The Blue Ridge are a range of the Appalachian mountain chain in the United States that extends from southwest of Carlisle Pennsylvania through parts of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina to Mt. Oglethorpe Georgia. Included in the Blue Ridge mountain range are the Black, the Great Smoky and the Unaka mountains. Mt. Mitchell is the tallest Mountain peak east of Mississippi, 6684 ft. Virginia's highest mountain peak is Mt. Rogers at 5,729 ft. The Skyline drive in Virginia connects to the Blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap, VA via the Blue Ridge Parkway that continues the scenic drive through Asheville and ends at Cherokee at the Great Smoky National Park. Within the Blue Ridge you will find the following national forests: Nantahala, Pisgah, Cherokee, Jefferson and George Washington. There are more than 700 varieties of trees and plants within the Blue Ridge.
The Blue Ridge Parkway was established in 1936. and is about 469 miles. It was apart of the new deal by Roosevelt to produce more jobs. Since the speed limit is 45, it is a long drive. At some places, you may want to drive slower as the road is very winding. Following along mountain crests, the parkway links the Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky National Park. These are federal lands, wilderness areas and are protected by law. You cant pick flowers or dig up plants, but you can hike the many mountain trails. Graveyard fields is a wilderness area that is south of Asheville North Carolina near Mt. Pisgah. Linville gorge is another wilderness area north of Asheville near Mt. Mitchell.
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