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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.  

(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)

 

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely guided hike to count towards the Centennial Challenge.  The hike will be approximately 2-3 miles in length and take about 2.5 hours. This program is appropriate for all ages but pets should be left at home.   Please dress appropriately for weather conditions, bring water and snacks and wear footwear designed for hiking.   
Keep up with your miles!  Hikers completing Grandfather Mountain State Park's 100 Mile Challenge will receive a commemorative t-shirt!

Need a Hiking Log?  Visit our Activities page to download the file:  http://www.ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park/activities 

Date of Event:
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993) https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Ah the great outdoors!  Everyone smiles when the sun is shining.  It warms our skin as we inhale the sweet smell of the wind that wisps through the vast landscapes that surround us.  We are drawn to the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, and to the never-ending wilderness.  We all hurry off in hopes of some high adventure, or maybe looking for a nice place to relax.  But what happens to the weekend warrior when trouble strikes?  When thunder clouds loom over our heads; when the trails seem to have vanished, and when nature has shown us how small and fragile we really are. 

Date of Event:
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Edneyville Community Center

This year’s event is celebrating North Carolina State Park’s Centennial. We hope to create an appreciation for the rich history associated with this land, and a respect for the wonderful natural resources the lake provides.  Come out and enjoy hands on activities (North Carolina Archeology Society and others,) live entertainment (live music by Ann Meadows and Clogging by Little River Cloggers) and demonstrations all relating to the unique cultural and natural resources of this region. There will be something for the entire family to enjoy.  The event is FREE, bring a picnic lunch or enjoy food from a local vendor.  Hope to see you there! 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
White Oak Recreation Area

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, October 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Park Picnic Area

Centennial Celebration at Mayo River State Park

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Start Location:

Enjoy the colors of the changing season with a relaxing hayride around the park, then enjoy live music outside and in front of the visitor center fireplace. There will be food, local vendors, and wildlife education programs throughout the day! This event is proudly sponsored by The Friends of Gorges State Park (F.O.G) and is  free  for everyone!  

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

While the golden orange and yellow leaves decorate the mountain’s trees, we pause for a moment to celebrate two great anniversaries in North Carolina. First, in 1916 North Carolina State Parks were established. Then in October of 1956, Mt. Jefferson State Park was designated and opened to the public. Both anniversaries are good reasons to celebrate and reflect. Make your way up to the picnic area on Mt. Jefferson, have some birthday cake, listen to a few stories, make a craft, or join-in on a nature hike. This free event is open for all ages.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Come out to the park to celebrate NC State Park's 100th Anniversary featuring Pettigrew State Park's Annual Fall Festival.  Learn about the exciting history of the North Carolina State Parks.  Events will include hayrides, pumpkin carving, games, crafts and more. Come to participate or volunteer. This event will take place from 11:00am -3:00pm.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Come help us Celebrate NC State Parks 100th Anniversary!
The Dismal Swamp State Park is recruiting participants for the 100th year anniversary 5k Fun Run/Walk as part of our 4th annual Dismal Day. We have a goal to reach 2.5 million steps during the Fun Run/Walk.  The first 100 participants get a free t-shirt!  Runners/walkers can check in as early as 8:30 am, and the run starts at 9:30 am. Then stay for the festival events from 10 am-2 pm including craft vendors, food, live music, cultural exhibits, bounce house, chalk art contest, pontoon boat rides on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, wagon rides, face painting, scavenger hunt, and much more!
*The park is also seeking volunteers to help with this event! Call 252-771-6593 for more information.*

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Celebrate 100 years of North Carolina State Parks

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter