Join a park ranger for the Great Backyard Bird Count! – We will be hiking around the Summit Area and the Jomeokee Trail and looking for ravens and resident wintering birds. The hike will be approximately 1.2 miles round trip and moderate difficulty. Meet at the Summit Parking Area. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours [limited supply]. (2 hours)
The Rumble Bouldering Competition is returning to the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area. To quote the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC),
IT'S BAAAACK! Come join the fun at the Rumble! After a one year hiatus due to the party rock fire, we're back on track for a good time.
Registration is $40 before 2/10/2018 ($15 for the kids comp) and $45 ($20 kids comp) after 2/10/... more
A ranger will have a table set up at the Visitor Center from 1:00 - 1:45 displaying the skins and skulls of some of Hanging Rock's furry (and slithery) native denizens. Stop by to talk and have a look!
Join a Park Ranger to learn about outdoor ethics so that you can minimize your impact on the environment. These skills can be applied on your next hiking or camping adventure.
Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather... more
Are you looking for some ideas of what to do with some of your beach findings you have been collecting over the years? Come out to the park for this monthly series that explores different craft ideas for your beach treasures. You will get a chance to build your own craft to take home!
This month's craft: Seaside Sun Catchers
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY CONTACTING THE PARK... more
The Trail Sisters hike is aimed at introducing women to the fun and benefits of hiking. Please dress in layers for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes. If you bring your dog, make sure that he is on a leash and socialized and Join Ranger Colleen Bowers as she leads a 2 mile nature hike through the long leaf pine ecosystem. Experience the unique beauty of the Sandhills!... more
Get Hooked! Join a volunteer angler at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm for an introductory class on fly fishing. Please bring all personal equipment available. Classes may vary based on interest and skill level of the participants. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission fishing regulations still apply.
Drop in and check out the skins and skulls of animals that are found in this area. A ranger will be on hand to answer questions. At park office.
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.