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:
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.
The park's 35-site family campground will be closed to the public through October to accomodate electrical, water, and gray water lines being installed to sites 30, 32, 34 and 1-12 in addition to three new cabins that will be located on sites 7, 9, and 11. The park's group sites will remain open and reservations may be made by calling 1-877-7CAMP-NC. Public notice will be made once the project is complete and the family campground is reopened for use and reservations.
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.