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Centennial Events at Every Park

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

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Celebrate 100 years of State Parks at New River State Park for an all day event, filled with fun and festivities on July 30th, 2016. Meet at the Visitor Center at the US Hwy 221 Access. There will be a host of programs and activities going on all day. Each program has its own description and is listed separately, and you can participate in the following activities: Nature Hike, River Ramble,  Activities for children, Eastern Hellbender, Fishing for Kids. For more information contact the park office at 336-982-2587

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
US Hwy 221 Access Area

Join an Environmental Educator for a leisurely walk to Hidden Falls and learn how the first North Carolina State Park was established in 1916 as well as how the legacy grew! We will stop along the way to enjoy photos and talk about the building of our very own Hanging Rock State Park.  Meet at the Indian Creek trailhead by the Visitor Center parking lot.

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Indian Creek Trailhead

Join a Park Ranger for a celebration of NC Park's Centennial Year AND National S'more Day!  We will learn about the history of state parks through a short, informative program.  Afterward, we will enjoy delicious s'mores in celebration of 100 s'more years of NC State Parks!  Ingredients will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter #4, located off of the Lake Parking Lot

Come celebrate National S’mores Day at Chimney Rock State Park with a campfire, free s’mores and ghost stories.  Park at the Old Rock Café. 

Admission is free to this program.
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Old Rock Café

Celebrate 100 years of North Carolina State Parks at our first state park, Mount Mitchell. We’ll ascend nearly 4,000 feet in elevation in 6 miles to the 6,684 foot high summit of Mount Mitchell to join a celebration with music, food, history, and more.  Descent from the mountain will be by tour bus.  Spend two nights camping along the South Toe River and immerse yourself in the mountain atmosphere. There’s no better way to say Happy 100th Birthday to our fantastic state parks!

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:30am to Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Tour bus departing from Raleigh, NC. Or meet Friday Afternoon at Black Mountain Campground.

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Two Day Centennial events:  There is something for everyone!
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Date of Event:
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
ASU Library, 218 College St, Boone (Room 114) (Google Map: https://goo.gl/ancIb2)

North Carolina State Parks is hosting a signature Centennial Celebration Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 at Mount Mitchell State Park.  Saturday will be a day-long celebration of music, mountain crafts, storytelling, history and fellowship will be staged at the summit of Mount Mitchell, where the state parks system began 100 years ago. Sunday will feature more environmental and recreational activities with an educational focus. It’s part of a year-long celebration with special events in every state park.

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Two Day Centennial events:  There is something for everyone!
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Join us for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of North Carolina State Parks on the mountain where it all began! Come explore the mountain that inspired a state to start something new! A variety of guided hikes of varying levels of difficulty will be offered throughout the day. Please check back online regularly for more details.

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Area

Join the Friends of Jockey's Ridge in a joint celebration of the 100th Anniversary of State Parks and the birthday of Carolista Baum, who is credited with helping spearhead the movement to "Save Our Sand Dune." This special day pays tribute to the People to Preserve Jockey's Ridge and hundreds of local citizens who worked diligently to make Jockey's Ridge State Park a reality. Come out to the park and enjoy free music and food while learning the fascinating history of the park!
 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center