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Night Sounds; A hikers and campers guide to nature's nightlife

 
On the Ask a Ranger Podcast this month, we are going on a virtual hike and answering the question of “What’s that noise!?”  The sounds that we hear around us in the forest always evoke curiosity and wonder, but sometimes the sounds at night can add a bit of wariness. To help dispel some of the worry, let’s dissect the night and learn a little about nature’s nightlife. To hear the sounds for each animal, click on this link and listen to our Ask a Ranger Podcast:

2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities

2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities
 
Are you interested in working at one of North Carolina’s beautiful state parks on the coast? Do you enjoy beautiful views and working with the public? Apply to join our staff at Hammocks Beach State Park and join us at the beach this summer.   
 
Hammocks Beach State Park is currently accepting applications for the 2018 summer season through March 15, 2018 unless the search period is extended.
 
Season begins: April 2018
Season ends:  October 2018
 

14th Annual Catawba RiverFest Celebration

 

The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest will take place at Lake James State Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Paddy’s Creek Area off Highway 126 in Nebo.

Facilities at the park include a 700-foot swimming beach, concession stand, bathhouse, two picnic shelters, more than 20 individual picnic sites, approximately seven miles of hiking trails and 14.5 miles of mountain biking trails.

Take the Shuttle, 2539 W. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052

Guaranteed day out at Crowders Mountain State Park

 

A new shuttle is planned to reduce traffic congestion and overflowing parking lots at Crowders Mountain State Park. The shuttle bus system is a partnership between the park, city, NC State Park system, and the Federal Transit Administration. The hope is to allow more people to enjoy the park without the hassle of hunting for, and possibly not finding, a parking space.