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Fall Foilage Events

North Carolina State Parks Fall Colors
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Our Fall Foliage Map is offered as a simple visual guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves in some of our parks. While no tool can be 100% accurate, the map is meant to give visitors a sense of what colors selected parks are experiencing for the current week. 

Below the map we offer a listing of fall programs offered at our parks. 

The Skyline Trail once a favorite hike of many Park visitors closed in 2008 for assessment and repair. After much thought and revamping North Carolina State Parks created a longer hike winding through the ridgeline forest on top of Chimney Rock Mountain. This primarily rolling trail takes guests through beautiful woodland landscapes with surprising occasions for jaw-dropping views. Don’t miss this guided hike by a local naturalist who began his career documenting the species on the original trail and is now exploring the new.

Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!

The Skyline Trail Trek is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March - December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

Cost: Includes Park admission: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Contact 828-625-9611 for more information.

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 local vendors, live music, 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 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for a 2.5 mile hike to enjoy the fall foliage and discover animal activity.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00am.  We will have a limited number of binoculars available for loan.  Wear hiking shoes and bring water and bug spray.  For more information please call the Park Office at (252)357-1191.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Ever wondered how and why leaves change color in the fall? Learn the answer at this indoor/outdoor talk and hike. Make some fall-inspired art to take home with you!

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us on the park for this Free Event. We will have live music: Ellie Kirby & Friends will be playing old-time music.
We will be serving some yummy Mt. Jefferson Anniversary Cake.
We will be leading a guided nature hike, and we will be doing some crafts while enjoying the wonderful Fall Colors.
Questions? please call (336) 246-9653
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Come out to Pettigrew State Park and enjoy a hayride, stories, and smore's.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This fall come up to the mountain and enjoy the views and hike along the ridgeline with a ranger. On October 22, we will be presenting a basic geology hike. This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with the local geology and experience this mountain's story. We will be on the ridgeline for most of this one mile hike. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring a jacket too.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

This hike is part of the Go Hike NC initiative sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.  This 1.5 mile, Moderate hike should provide excellent views of fall colors just starting to peak in the Hickory Nut Gorge.  Join a park ranger for a Nature Hike along a loop that meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas.
Wear sturdy shoes. Recommended to bring snacks and plenty of water

Date of Event:
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746