NC natural wonders stretch from mountains to coast

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's natural wonders stretch from the mountains to the coast with not a lot in between.

That's the result of a contest sponsored by Land for Tomorrow, an environmental coalition working to preserve the state's land and water resources.

Voters were asked to nominate any landscape, natural feature, wildlife or plant life unique to North Carolina which should be counted as one of its top natural wonders.

The list includes: the Blue Ridge Parkway; Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout; Grandfather Mountain; the Great Smoky Mountains; Lake Mattamuskeet; the Lumber River; Merchants Millpond State Park; the Mountains to Sea Trail; the New River; and Ocracoke Island. Land for Tomorrow received 200 nominations among 1,300 offered.

A panel narrowed those 200 to 25, and voters determined the final 10.

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