Join a park ranger for the Great Backyard Bird Count! – We will be hiking the fields of the Pilot Creek Trail and looking for resident wintering birds. Trail is approximately 1.5 miles round trip and moderate difficulty. Meet at the Pilot Creek Access off Boyd Nelson Road. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours [limited supply]. Directions: From US-52,... more
Have you ever wondered about the tracks in the mud? Or what animal made that scat? Come on out to Morrow Mountain to enjoy a hike on the Quarry Trail (0.6 miles). We will be looking for signs to see what our furry and feathered friends have been up to! Please bring water and dress for the weather.
Join a park ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00am. Call the Park office at 910-588-4550 for more information. This event is free of charge and open to the general public.
Whooo is interested in learning more about our nocturnal neighbors? Come join a Ranger to discuss how Owls have adapted to become incredible predators at night. The program will begin in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 704-528-6350.
Meet the ranger for an introduction to some of the new programs being offered by NC State Parks. Pick-up your new free parks passport, check-out the 100-mile challenge, learn about the parks mission, new projects, properties, and Mt. Jefferson’s small gift shop at the office.
Come be a part of the 10K Women Trail Project, an initiative to get women and girls out on trails all across North America. North Carolina State Parks is helping promote this effort through a series of “Trail Sisters” hikes around the state. So bring your moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmas, and friends out for a 2-mile walk to enjoy the fresh air!
Stop in the park Visitor Center from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and talk with a park ranger about the various animals that call Medoc Mountain home.
Join the ranger for a short indoor talk about the many fascinating animals that call the Swamp home. You will be able to see mounts, skulls, and tracks. There will also be touchable pelts.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.
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... more