50 years ago, the Wilderness Act of 1964 protected two wilderness areas in North Carolina.

30 years ago, the North Carolina Wilderness Act designated seven new wilderness areas and protected five more as study areas.

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"The question then is who will speak for wilderness? The wild regions of our public lands belong to all of us."

- Dr. Robbie Cox, October 28, 1983

From comments made before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and  National Parks of the Committee on the Interior, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress

 
 
Photo courtesy of Bill Gowan.

Photo courtesy of Bill Gowan.

Wilderness Areas in NC

Learn about the protected areas in North Carolina and start planning your visit.

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History

The NC Wilderness Act of 1984 didn't happen by itself.  It took years of hard work by many people.

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