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

(If an event is not listed for a park, that Centennial event has likely passed. )  
We invite you to visit the individual park page and then click on the 'Event's and Programs' link for currently scheduled progamming.)

Download the centennial events calendar (PDF)

 

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.
Saturday Schedule here.

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

Participants will discover who Dr. Mitchell was and the pivotal role he played in Mount Mitchell becomming the first state park in North Carolina.

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit

Come learn about the spectacular mammals of Mount Mitchell!

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Classroom

Come join us for the grand opening of the kid's Track Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park followed by a short hike with a Ranger down the Balsam Nature Trail!

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Balsam Nature Trail

Come and discover what unique reptiles and amphibians live at Mount Mitchell!

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Classroom

Hear stories, folktales and Native American legends, sing songs, and finish with s'mores!

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter