Do you like navigating through a forest with a compass and map--or have never done so but would like to try? If so, join Ranger Fields and learn about pacing, compass reading, using a map to navigate to various points, and more around the Rockefeller House. Please wear hiking shoes, pants, and long sleeves for this event. You must sign up for this free event by calling the park office. We will plan to hike approximately 2-3 miles
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.
Park staff will be leading a tour through James Stillman Rockefeller's winter estate. We will be begin by discussing the history of the property and how it came to be Long Valley Farm, followed by taking a guided tour inside the Rockefeller House and learning about James Stillman Rockefeller. We will then end with walking around the outside of the estate and discussing some of the surrounding structures, some date back to the early 1800’s. 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.
In celebrations of the NC Science Festival, join us in learning how honey bees make honey and the many other foods we would not have without bees to pollenate.
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 Welcome Center for this event.
Carvers Creek State Park
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