The True Geographical Center Of North Carolina Is Actually A Place Called Purgatory Mountain
When thinking about the Tar Heel State and its geography, we’re often drawn to that which is most visible like the Blue Ridge Mountains, the coast, and even natural landmarks like Chimney Rock and Pilot Mountain. But did you ever stop to think about the geographic center of North Carolina?
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Purgatory Mountain is accessible via the Purgatory Trail in the north end of the North America parking lot at the North Carolina Zoo. It’s perfect for year-round hiking, with more long-range visibility from the summit during the winter months. If hiking in the summer, remember to bring plenty of water. Learn more about the trail from our friends at AllTrails and connect to a map of the trail at this link on the official website of the North Carolina Zoo.
Have you ever wondered about the center of North Carolina and have you ever visited Purgatory Mountain while at the North Carolina Zoo?
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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