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Events and Programs

Carvers Creek State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined. We will be posting "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. The StoryWalk® will be along part of our Rockefeller Loop Trail,  an easy 1 mile round trip hike.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Wednesday and every Friday until Fri Aug 17 2018.
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 8:00am to Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:00pm, Fri, 08/03/2018 - 8:00am to Sun, 08/19/2018 - 9:00pm, Mon, 08/06/2018 - 8:00am to Wed, 08/22/2018 - 9:00pm, Wed, 08/08/2018 - 8:00am to Fri, 08/24/2018 - 9:00pm, Fri, 08/10/2018 - 8:00am to Sun, 08/26/2018 - 9:00pm, Mon, 08/13/2018 - 8:00am to Wed, 08/29/2018 - 9:00pm, Wed, 08/15/2018 - 8:00am to Fri, 08/31/2018 - 9:00pm, Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:00am to Sun, 09/02/2018 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
First 1/2 Mile of the Rockefeller Loop Trail

Come out for a Ranger-led nature hike. We will be exploring our fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem and the recently drained millpond that provides a glimpse of land-use history dating back to the 1800s. We will observe numerous native species to the Sandhills and visit some 200-year old longleaf pine trees with Red Cockaded Woodpecker cavities. Bring a bottle of water, a camera (if you like taking pictures), and your walking shoes! We will meet in front of the park office for this event.

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/19/2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Front of the Welcome Center

Park staff will be leading a historical tour through Mr. James Stillman Rockefeller's winter estate.  We will be walking through and around the estate and discussing the history of the surrounding structures, some dating back to the early 1800s.  Tours are free but YOU MUST SIGN-UP ahead of time.  You may call or come by the office to sign up. Please allow approximately 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Rain Shelter.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel.  For more information about the tours of the Rockefeller House, please contact Carvers Creek Park Office.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/24/2018 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter

Celebrate Grandparents' Day by making your very own Bluebird House with your grandchild. During this program we will go on a short walk to look for bluebirds and examine a birdhouse that is already installed. Then we will show you step by step how to build your own bird house. All supplies will be included. Please call ahead to sign up , We will take a total of 10 children for this event.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/09/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Tables across from Park Office

StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined.  In 2007, Anne Fergusson with the Vermont Department of Health had the idea to combine literacy and exercise. Teaming up with the Kellog Hubbard Library in Montpelier they attached laminated pages from a children’s book onto wooden posts.  In the ten years since, StoryWalks have gone up in all 50 states and at least 11 countries. The pages are affixed to metal sign stakes and a trail instantly becomes even more fun for children and book-lovers of all ages. StoryWalks® will usually remain up for one-to-two weeks along easy trails about one mile or less. The story featured this time is called " The Lorax " by Dr. Seuss.

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 8:00am to Mon, 10/08/2018 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Rockefeller Loop Trail

Carvers Creek State Park

2505 Long Valley Road
Spring LakeNC 28390
Latitude: 35.197026
Longitude: -78.976785

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Open seven days a week with the following seasonal gate hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March-May: 8am - 8pm
June-August: 8am - 9pm
September - October: 8am - 8pm

Closed Christmas Day