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.
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 a ranger at the Historic Hutchinson Homestead for a discussion on the history of state parks.
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!**
Join a Park Ranger at 2:00 p.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.
Come out to the park and learn the art of cooking in a Dutch Oven , a handy skill for the next time you cook outside. This will be a hands-on experince and tasting! While we bake we will discuss the history of the Dutch Oven and Review Camping Safety.
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