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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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LIVE Music on the Visitor Center’s covered decks to promote 100 years of State Parks and Independence Day! A variety of live instrumental groups will play continuously from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.  Grab your family and friends and pack a picnic lunch and enjoy and afternoon of relaxing, enjoying the view and LIVE MUSIC. This event is Proudly Sponsored by The Friends of Gorges State Park (F.O.G) and is free for everyone!

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come celebrate 100 years of NC State Parks at Satterwhite Point with beach music, food vendors, ranger programs and activities for children.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Satterwhite Point

2 mile footrace on Jockey's Ridge at 8:30 am and .25 mile Fun Run at 9:00 am, with award ceremony and light refreshments immediately following. Packet pickup on 7/3/2016 from 4-7 pm or on race morning from 7:30-8:00 am.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 6:30am
Start Location:
Pavillion

Exactly 100 years ago the first American flag was raised on Chimney Rock and the park was dedicated by Lucius B. Morse on July 04, 1916.  
Starting at 7:30 am, enter the park early to catch a special ceremony as the North Carolina state flag joins Old Glory, on its centennial birthday here at Chimney Rock State Park.

Admission fees will be waived for the first 100 cars during this early opening, from 7:30 until 8:30 am.  
This special is limited to the first 100 cars to enter the park, no buses or RVs allowed for early entry.  
All others will need to pay regular admission fees.

The flag dedication will begin at 8:30 am.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 7:30am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Come celebrate 100 s’more years of North Carolina State Parks at Chimney Rock State Park.  After a day full of ceremonies and historic hikes join us for a campfire, free s’mores, ghost stories, and a toast to the next 100 years!  Park at the Old Rock Café. 

Admission is free for this program.

Date of Event:
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Old Rock Café

State Parks turns 100! To celebrate, Haw River State Park will be hosting a Birthday Festival on Saturday, July 9 which is near to the park's own birthday of July 6th. In honor of both birthdays our Haw River Friends will be hosting live music, food trucks and park tours.  Entertainment for the whole family will include face painting, a bounce house, water slide, dunking booth, hiking trails and board walk tours.  Live animals courtesy of the Greensboro Parks & Recreation EcoBus. Smokey Bear courtesy of the North Carolina Forest Service.  The pool will also be open, so don't forget your bathing suit.  For more information contact the park office at 336-342-6163.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
All Event Parking will be located off-site at Northern Elementary School off Hwy 150. Shuttle service from Northern Elementary to the Park. ADA parking on-site at the Conference Center.

Come out and celebrate North Carolina State Park’s Centennial Year by making s’mores with the park ranger.  A short history of state parks will be given, and then the s’mores will be made, hoping for one hundred S’more years of state parks!  The program will be held at the picnic area.  S’more ingredients will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  Bring your own water to wash it all down.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Park Picnic Area

Celebrate 100 years of State Parks with a Guided Canoe Trip. Come and canoe the New River with a park ranger. Learn the history of the river and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the New. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for being in the water. Water temperature is cooler than the air.  Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service. Call 336 982-2587 to reserve your space.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access

Come out to the park for a day of family fun and activities as the park celebrates its 7th Annual Lumber River Day Festival on Saturday, July 16th, 2016.  The festival will go from 9am-2pm.  Come out and see some beautifully restored antique tractors and listen to some great bluegrass music.  Learn about the animals along the Lumber River from the exhibitors including Wildlife Action and the USDA exhibit.  There will be free canoe rides all day long, along with many activities for the kids including a casting contest, pony rides, miniature train rides, and bouncy house and slide in a new inside house.  There will be food available for lunch and snacks along with ice cream and frozen treats to tame the heat or you can bring a picnic lunch.

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Princess Ann Access Area

Come celebrate 100 years of North Carolina State Parks.  There will be food that was common to the area 100 years ago, old-fashioned games including tug-o-war, corn toss, game of graces, etc., music, and talks on the history of  NC State Parks and s'mores!

Date of Event:
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Field at Front Gate