Outdoor NC

North Carolina is beautiful, from the 6,000-foot peaks on the western border to the 100-foot sand dunes on the East Coast. It’s no wonder 43 million people visit our state every year. To help communities mitigate the impact of all that attention, Visit NC launched destination stewardship programming under the Outdoor NC brand. This programming balances the quality of experiences for visitors with the well-being of residents while conserving natural and cultural assets. The Outdoor NC stewardship programming provides participants with turnkey resources to raise awareness, activate projects and celebrate positive outcomes.

If you would like to learn more about any of the new Outdoor NC programs or want to join the movement and become a member of the Partner Alliance, contact Amanda Baker at 919-447-7765.

Partner Toolkit

Thank you for doing your part to get the word out about Outdoor NC and the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Use the assets in this toolkit to share the program with local businesses, residents and visitors to help protect and preserve North Carolina’s Outdoor spaces for future generations.

Access Toolkit

Outdoor NC Accessibility Toolkit

The Outdoor NC Accessible Outdoor program aims to increase information transparency so individuals can make informed decisions about exploring NC's outdoor spaces based on their abilities. The program includes a suite of tools which are free to partners and stakeholders throughout the state.

This full suite of tools includes guidance and resources to help make North Carolina’s destinations and outdoor spaces more accessible. It contains an ADA asset inventory sheet, accessible outdoor communication guidance, recorded webinars, and more.

  • Education/resources

  • Accessible Outdoors Communications Guidance


Statewide Trail Assessment

Hannah, a second-year occupational therapy doctorate student at West Virginia University, collaborated with Visit NC on a Capstone Experience to improve travel for people with disabilities in North Carolina and make the state's sites and experiences more accessible to everyone with a focus on our Outdoor spaces.

To use this information in a press release or reference it, the official name of the study is “Visit North Carolina: Trail Accessibility” and the credit line should read:

“This study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by Hannah Caitlyn Guschel, the West Virginia University (WVU) Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student, and collaborators Amanda Baker and Marlise Taylor at Visit North Carolina (NC).