40+ Most Fascinating and Fun Facts About North Carolina

This state is full of mountains, beaches, and Pepsi? These are the funnest and most fascinating fun facts about North Carolina.

  • This state is home to the oldest State University in the US. The school is North Carolina’s Chapel Hill.
  • High Point North Carolina is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.
  • The outer banks of NC host some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
  • Babe Ruth had his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7th, 1914.
  • The oldest town in North Carolina is Bath and was incorporated in 1705.
  • In 1987, the General Assembly of 1987 adopted milk as the official state beverage.
  • This state has the largest state-maintained highway system in the US. North Carolina’s highway system has 77,400 miles of roads.
  • North Carolina was the first state in the United States to establish a state museum of art.
  • The state motto is esse quam videri (to be rather than to seem.)
  • North Carolina leads the United States in production of furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.
  • Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor’s apprentice in Raleigh before coming the 17th president of the United States.
  • James K Polk was born in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. He was also the 11th president of the US.
  • The nation’s seventh president Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.
  • Beech Mountain is the highest town in Eastern America at 5,506 feet above sea level.
  • Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern US. It’s 480 feet high.
  • The Biltmore is an estate in Asheville NC. This home is America’s largest with 255 chateau rooms, an award-winning winery, and extensive gardens.
  • The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville North Carolina.
  • Morehead City is home to the North Carolina Seafood Fesitval. It’s held the first weekend in October every year.
  • North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. If you’re a sweet potato lover, this is one of the best fun facts ever.
  • The marine base ‘Cherry Point’ is located in Havelock. It’s the largest air base in the Marine Corps.
  • North Carolina is nicknamed ‘Tar Heel State.’ While no one is sure where this name came from, the story goes that back when North Carolina was the leading producer of tar, someone noticed footprints in the tar and that’s how the name came about.
  • North Carolina is also known as Old North State, the Land of the Sky, and the Rip Van Winkle State.
  • Asheville North Carolina is a mecca for craft beer lovers and boasts the largest number of breweries per capita of any city in the US.
  • The state bird of North Carolina is the cardinal.
  • Pepsi was invented in North Carolina by a drugstore clerk named Caleb Bradham. He originally named it “Brad’s Drink.” He was a doctor in training at the time and believed his syrupy concoction aided digestion. He re-named it “Pepsi-Cola” in 1898 after the word “dyspepsia.”
  • Dellview North Carolina is the states tiniest incorporated town. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it had only 13 residents in 2010.
  • On average, North Carolina is hit by a hurricane almost every 4 years. (Every 3.44 years to be exact.)
  • North Carolina has beaches, mountains, and forest, something for everyone.
  • The Venus Fly Trap is only found in two American states, North Carolina and South Carolina. However, the Venus Fly Trap is native to Hampstead, NC.
  • Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall in the eastern region of the country. It’s located in Transylvania County, NC.

    Crabtree Falls
  • Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6.684 feet.
  • Nascar was born in North Carolina, and all because of moonshine. During prohibition the state was known as the “Moonshine Capital of the World.” The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 didn’t stop them and in fact, they knew they needed to get faster. Hence, stock car racing and eventually Nascar.
  • Raleigh’s professional ice hockey team is called the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • The city of Brevard has white squirrels, not albino, just white. Legend is the breed escaped from the circus back in the 1940s and have thrived ever since.
  • Bald Head Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from the rest of civilization, literally. There are no cars allowed on the island.
  • The official drink of the state is milk.
  • North Carolina is the leading state in the nation in the number of green building certifications. There are 30,000 official environmentally friendly buildings total.
  • The state ranks two for new solar construction, too. And it leads the south for solar.
  • North Carolina is one of the top three states to be hit by hurricanes every year. The other two are Florida and Louisiana.  
  • Nascar is the official state sport.

What’s your favorite fun fact from this article? Maybe you loved all the fun facts?

I love sweet potatoes and mountains, so this is clearly the state for me. (Just don’t live on the coast so you can stay away from those hurricanes!)