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Every state park will hold a special event to mark the centennial. Here, you’ll find details about those events.

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100 and counting!!  Your North Carolina State Park system is 100 years old.  From the Mountains to the Coast you have 38 unique treasures to enjoy.  Park Superintendent Steve Pagano will present the one hour UNCTV Special Documentary, celebrating 100 years of North Carolina State Parks. A great movie for the whole family.
 
Celebrating A Centennial
Time:         6-7 pm
Meet:         Park Visitor Center
Who:           EVERYONE IS WELCOME
RSVP:         Not Required
Cost:          FREE !!
 

Date of Event:
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Park Visitor Center

MORAVIAN SETTLEMENT HISTORY & MORAVIAN BRASS BAND
The sight of Pilot Mountain provided a signal of hope for European settlers who made the long journey down the Great Wagon Road.  Even today when traveling from afar, Pilot Mountain provides a major landmark in travel throughout the state of North Carolina.  Pilot Mountain has remained unchanged over time and presents the same iconic shape and signal that was felt by our forefathers.  Join Park Rangers and members of a Moravian Brass band for a presentation on early Moravian settlement and a performance of traditional Moravian brass band music.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot

Come enjoy the sunset and stay for the stars!  Various events throughout the day will be held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of North Carolina State Parks.  Events include a fishing derby, guided hike celebrating National Trails Day!, and bluegrass/ folk music coupled with a Sunset Program followed by stargazing from the Summit Parking Lot as our sun sets over the mountains of western North Carolina!Visit http://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/events-and-programs for more details

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office - Pilot Mountain State Park

Celebrate National Trails Day with art, science, hiking and more.  The Triangle Volksmarch, a self-paced walking challenge for all ages.
Pick up a free map and passport at any of the event sites.  Then visit stamp stations along 6 miles of the Capital Area Greenway anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and earn the Volksmarch patch. Visit www.trianglevolksmarch.com for more information.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
N.C. Museum of Art or Reedy Creek Shelter #2 in the Park

Join us for a fun filled day on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway Saturday, June 4, from, 9:15 am to mid-afternoon. The Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) will be offering two hikes and a chance to help with trail maintenance of the Waterrock Knob Trail during the National Trails Day celebration. The event features the grand opening of a new MST section at 1 p.m. REI - Asheville will be providing refreshments.

 

Morning Maintenance

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:15am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Waterrock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway

2016 is North Carolina State Park's centennial birthday!  Each park will have a special celebration throughout the year to celebrate the 100 years of NC State Parks.  So many opportunities to celebrate our heritage.  At Hammocks Beach State Park there will be a special dedication for the centennial at the annual Military Appreciation Day.

Come on down to the park and enjoy a fun-filled day of celebration for all our military members and their families. A great day to celebrate the strong military communities in this area.  There will be food, games and local educational exhibits for all families to enjoy! Complimentary ferry rides to Bear Island will be offered.

Contact park office with any questions regarding the event: 910-326-4881.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:

FISHING DERBY - NATIONAL FISHING & BOATING WEEK
Come Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at Pilot Mountain State Park.  This is a free event welcoming all families to the park for a day of fishing.  No fishing license will be required to fish at this event and the location of the derby will be stocked with fish by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission so it is an excellent opportunity for kids to be introduced to the joys of fishing.

Directions:  From US Hwy 52 take exit 134 for Pilot Mountain.  Head west on Rt. 268, toward Elkin.  After about 0.2 miles, turn left onto Shoals Road.  After less than 3/4 mile, turn left onto Boyd Nelson Road - State Park Property is on your right.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

MOUNTAIN TRAIL HIKE - CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

Celebrate National Trails Day by taking a nice long hike with a remarkable group of folks!  Our friends' group who supports Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Park, the Friends' of Sauratown Mountains, will be leading a hike of the newly completed Mountain Trail.  The hike will meet at the Park Office and leave at 2:00 p.m.  The trail is approximately 6 miles, moderate in difficulty and will last approximately three hours.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

SUNSET PROGRAM & OLD-TYME DOLCIMER BAND

As the sun sets over the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, what better a way to enjoy it than hearing about the great history of North Carolina State Parks and identifying them when it is easiest to see their beauty, backed by the setting sun over 100 Years in N.C. State Park History!  Join at the Summit Area Parking Lot for some old-time North Carolina folk music followed by a presentation by a Park Ranger using a compass to identify the North Carolina State Parks found near and far!  Music starts at 6:00 p.m.; Sunset Program to start at 7:30 p.m. and include a short easy stroll to the Little Pinnacle Overlook.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Come join members of the Forsyth Astronomical Society as they provide a public observation to look at the stars and other heavenly bodies not always visible by the naked eye at Pilot Mountain State Park.  Telescopes will be provided for public use.  If available you can bring your own telescope and binoculars.  The viewing will take place in the summit area after dark, weather permitting.  Contact Pilot Mountain State Park at (336) 325-2355 if the chance of bad weather is in the forecast.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Area Parking Lot