Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique. Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes. This event is free of charge and... more
Grandfather Mountain State Park
06/04/2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Meet at the visitor center to learn all about the life and biology of black bears by taking a virtual tour of Eastern North Carolina. You will discover when and where is the best place to view these sometimes-elusive animals.
Join us for our monthly Read with a Ranger program. Our reading program is for children in kindergarten through third grade, but all ages are welcome. The month of February we will be learning about butterflies and moths! We will be reading Hurry and the Monarch By: Antoine O Flatharta, a tale about the great Monarch migration. After story time we will talk about the differences... more
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.
Join park staff as we hike the basin trail through maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat. The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.
Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail / Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot near the restroom for a short walk through recently burned areas of Pilot Mountain State Park. Come learn why we perform prescribed fires at Pilot Mountain, and see firsthand the effects of fire on this mountainous landscape (1 hour)
Join a Ranger for an enjoyable hike along the Alder Trail. The hike will start at the Visitor Center. The Alder Trail is about .8 miles in length and is home to many different species of flora and fauna. The hike is open to all ages. For more information, please call 704-528-6350.
Come see and learn about the bounty of edible plants in winter time.
Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain’s geologic wonders. Explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist.
**Children must be accompanied by an adult.
**It is strongly recommended that participants should wear closed-toe shoes that are appropriate for hiking. We also suggest bringing bug spray, a full water bottle, snack, and a rain jacket.
If you would like to learn how to identify tricky winter trees, come to this workshop to find out what other clues you can use to find out which tree is which!
**Dress for the weather—we will go outside for about 30 minutes!**