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The state parks of the Coastal Plain provide a variety of natural resources and treasures, including historic Fort Macon State Park; Jockey's Ridge State Park, featuring the East Coast's highest sand dune; and Carolina Beach State Park, which has an exhibit hall focusing on the park's plant and animal life. Other parks are Fort Fisher and Hammock's Beach.
North Carolina's state parks are developed with historical as well as natural uniqueness. Taylor profiles several of these including Fort Macon, Hammocks Beach, and Pettigrew State Park.
State parks in North Carolina were visited by a record 13.2 million people in 2002, according to statistics from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. This represents an increase of 5 percent over 2001 and a 160 percent increase during the last twenty years. The top park in attendance was Kerr Lake, with 1,574,188 visitors.
A guide was offered in terms of history, recreational activities, and nearby waterways through state parks. Profiled were Fort Macon, Hammocks Beach, Pettigrew, Somerset Place, Jones Lake, Singletary Lake Group Camp, Masonboro, and Cliffs-of-the-Neuse. Proof of eight wonders of the world, they were ones also perhaps not known to the international traveler.