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The pine tree was designated as the official state tree of North Carolina in 1963.The state's nickname"Tar Heel State"originates from colonial production of tar,pitch,rosin and turpentine from the state's extensive pine forests.Eight types of pine tree are considered indigenous to NC,including the eastern white,loblolly,longleaf,pitch pond, shortleaf,table mountain,and virginia pine.During the colonial period and early statehood, the pine tree was a vital part of the economy of North Carolina.
Alabama State Parks,The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. And it gets even better. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, The Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above!