As we get ready for another active season at all the parks around Kerr Lake, there are seven of them that are actually called State Recreation Areas that are part of a year-long celebration. The seven State Recreation Areas are on the North Carolina side of Kerr Lake and they are a part of the North Carolina Division of State Parks, now celebrating 100 years of bringing the outdoors to the state’s citizens and visitors.
The mission of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation is:
Conservation: To protect North Carolina’s natural diversity through careful selection and stewardship of state parks system lands;
Recreation: To provide and promote outdoor recreation opportunities in the state parks system and throughout the state; and
Education: To encourage appreciation of North Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage through diverse educational opportunities;
for all citizens of and visitors to the State of North Carolina.
The seven SRA’s, beginning on the northern most and eastern side of Kerr Lake and continuing clockwise are, Kimball Point, County Line, Bullocksville, Satterwhite Point (JC Cooper), Nutbush, Hibernia and Henderson Point. Close to 1.5 million people visit these parks with a total of nearly 2.5 million visiting Kerr Lake annually. If there are any locally planned commemorative events celebrating state parks’ 100 years, Kerr Lake Park Watch has not received any notice. We, the more than 450 members of Kerr Lake Park Watch wish to celebrate Kerr Lake and its seven recreation areas and the men and women who support the mission of those and other state parks. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and we think this artwork by R F Timberlake captures the essence of our state recreation areas.
Several videos on the development of the North Carolina state park system and its value to citizens and visitors have been produced. You can see these videos, an hour feature produced by UNC Public TV and the another a half-hour program produced by state parks.
UNCTV Program Link: Saving The Best: North Carolina Parks at 100
NC Division of State Parks Link: Here In This Place
At Kerr Lake Park Watch we hope that you will continue to visit our parks around the lake and enjoy the more than 40 state parks in North Carolina. And remember, to be a member, at no cost, simply load your email near the top right side of the blog and that’s how you receive information and offer ideas and input.