I had no idea that some state parks have inns and restaurants, and it seems as though I've been missing out on some terrific bargains. One of the last things I did before leaving Indiana last week was to go to McCormick's Creek State Park. We took a very short hike, more of a walk really, and saw a lovely little waterfall and some really beautiful trees (I am a tree lover!), then went over to the Canyon Inn.
Rooms are a bargain, much less than the price of most hotels in the area. The inn seemed very well maintained and clean and offers free wifi internet access.
The thing that really had my attention was the restaurant area. The food was delicious, and the all-you-can-eat buffet included an amazing dessert table. But each of the huge windows overlooking a wooded area of the park have large bird feeders hanging in front of them so you can enjoy a bit of bird-watching with your meal. I saw my first rose-breasted grosbeak there--what a stunning bird!
I wish the state parks in North Carolina offered lodging and meals. And next time I travel I will definitely check out the state parks on my route!