check the interactive gamelands map at the NCwildlife.org website. Lots of info to be had on public land hunting in NC... im a little north of you about 2 hours. never hunted down that way. there are a few kinds of gamelands... ones that are 6 day per week and are open during most open hunting season and do not require a permit. and other that require you to put in through the permit system and have specific hunt dates.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...