The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life's simple pleasures. Let’s kick off Take a Child Outside Week with this fun outing focused on discovering the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. Whether you're an expert paddler or you don't know the difference between starboard and port, we'll provide the equipment and instruction... more
Events and Programs
There's something for everyone
From fishing lessons to astronomy programs, from tree identification hikes to kite workshops, our parks offer a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration.
Browse through the event listing below. (Selection will show all events for AND/OR after selected date)
Meet in the Fort entrance for a guided tour of Fort Macon. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are held daily at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, & 3:00.
Meet with park staff to understand why Mount Mitchell is so unique in comparison to the rest of the Southern Appalachians.
Visit members of Forsyth Audubon and Park Rangers as we count and document the number of migrating raptors! Stop by the Little Pinnacle Overlook and look to the skies to see migrating hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey! Use a pair of binoculars to see for yourself and learn about the history of migrating raptors! Bring the kids to help celebrate Take a Child Outside Week!!... more
Come to the Summit to learn about the biodiversity of what life thrives here at the Highest Peak.
Meet park staff to learn about the formation of the highest peak East of the Mississippi and why we still have mountains.
A week full of activities for children ages 6-12 who want to learn and discover more about the environment around them. These programs support the North Carolina State Park’s Junior Ranger Program. Every day is a new activity. SPACE IS LIMITED; Contact the park office to register: 910-326-4881.
What’s happening to the Trees? Learn about the Woolly Adelgid and how it impacted the Eastern side of the U.S. Learn about how they get introduced and what all park services are doing to prevent more devastation.
Lake James is an important waystation for all sorts of animals, birds and insects as the summer winds down. Past experience has proven to the park staff that there’s no better way to explore the lake and its abundant wildlife than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for terns, beavers, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather... more
This hike is part of the Go Hike NC initiative sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. This 2 mile, Moderate hike should provide excellent views of fall colors just starting to come into the upper piedmont. Join a park ranger for a Nature Hike along the ridge line of the park’s first property purchase from back in 2005. This popular path is part of Carolina Mountain Land... more