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38 Signs You're From North Carolina

If you started humming "Wagon Wheel" in your head while reading the headline, then this list is for you.

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1. You have very strong feelings about Duke, UNC, and NC State.

It doesn't matter if you went to any of the above schools, you still have an allegiance to one. Or you could just be an ABCer (Anybody But Carolina). Regardless, nothing fires you up quite like college basketball in North Carolina.

2. You know Cheerwine is not actually wine but one of the greatest carbonated beverages ever.

North Carolina may be the birthplace of some other sodas, but none of them even come close to the awesomeness of Cheerwine.

4. You know it's no fluke Asheville has been named Beer City for three consecutive years.

The craft beer scene is unreal. From the mountains, Highland Brewing, to the foothills, Catawba Valley Brewing, to the piedmont, NoDa Brewing, to the coastal plains, Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, and everything inbetween. If you like beer, North Carolina is where it is at.

7. You have a favorite NASCAR driver.

You may not even be a NASCAR fan, but that doesn't stop you from knowing which driver you want to win the Coca Cola 600 every Memorial Day weekend. (Spoiler alert: The answer should always be Kasey Kahne.)

14. You're a closet "leaf looker."

You may not want to lump yourself in with the tourists who descend upon Western North Carolina in the fall, but you're guilty of cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway to look at the leaves. I mean, who could blame you.

21. You have friends who have done some cow tipping.

I'm not saying you would ever do something like that! Because it's cruel and mean and not at all funny! But I bet you know someone who has. Small town North Carolina can get a little boring at times.

22. The Lost Colony fascinates you.

Sure, it might have been boring in your fourth-grade history class, but as you got older you realized how it had all the makings of a badass movie. Mystery! Intrigue! Violence! Cryptic notes carved onto trees! Possible cannibalism! Vampires! It had it all.

Plus, it was the first English colony in the New World, so take that, Jamestown.

23. So does Blackbeard.

Has there been anyone more badass and baller than Blackbeard the Pirate (the inspiration for Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow)? Don't bother answering that, because the answer is a resounding NO!

Blackbeard (aka Edward Teach) was a feared pirate and a legitimate crazy person. He would attach lit fuses to his long black hair and beard to scare enemies. His flag is also quite possibly the most awesome thing ever.

Blackbeard wasn't a North Carolinian (which is a shame), but he died in North Carolina — and his ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, sunk there, so we claim him.

24. You've jumped off Jockey's Ridge.

Yes, to outsiders it might just look like a giant sand dune. But you know it's more than that. It is the largest sand dune on the east coast and is the most visited park in the NC park system.

It is simply huge and stunning and worth getting sand in your nether regions to frolic and roll down it.

25. You have a favorite swimmin' hole.

Doesn't matter if it is an icy mountain creek, a lake, or the ocean. You have a favorite place to swim when the weather gets hot and the humidity gets unbearable.

It isn't quite summer until you've thrown on your swimsuit, gathered some beverages, and lounged around the water with friends.

26. You know the best time to visit the Grove Park Inn is during gingerbread house time.

Sure, it might be touristy, but it is well worth the trip. Plus, we all know you aren't forking over the money to stay and eat there (leave that to the Floridians), so this allows you to stroll around the beautiful resort for free.

28. There was a plastic jug of moonshine in your freezer.

Or a Mason jar full if you're classy like that. Regardless, there was moonshine somewhere in your home, and if you needed to clear your sinuses, it would do the trick.

30. Christmas Town, USA, is the bane of your existence.

You've never been to McAdenville to see the Christmas lights. It's too big of a production and the thought of it gives you a panic attack. You have, however, been stuck on I-85 in traffic for hours behind people (probably with Florida license plates) trying to get in the town to see it.

Christmas Town, USA, is the worst and you don't care if that makes you a Scrooge.

32. "Wagon Wheel" will never, ever get old.

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Whenever this song comes up, you turn the radio (or your iPod, you techies) up and sing along because it reminds you of home.

You're also territorial about it and don't appreciate non-North Carolinians loving it so much.


36. Speaking of hurricanes, you've lived through one.

Doesn't matter what part of the state you lived in (as Hurricane Ivan taught us mountain folk), you have felt the power and destruction of a hurricane firsthand.

38. And even when the state disappoints you, you still ardently defend it.

Because it's home, and even with some of the more backwards aspects of it at times, it truly is fantastic and beautiful and has the best people ever.

So here's to you, North Carolina. Thanks for being awesome.

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