Meet with a Ranger for this guided hike at the Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse, where there will be a quick park background and safety discussion prior to starting the hike. We will hike to House Rock and Wolf Rock to enjoy rock formations and panoramic views of other peaks in the Sauratown Mountain Range as well the Piedmont country side. The Ranger will be available to take hikers on... 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)
Join a ranger for a Dutch oven breakfast casserole at the park's swim beach by the picnic tables. Bring your own chair and relax and learn about outdoor cooking while the meal is prepared. Registration is limited to the first 10 who sign up. Let us know if you have your own Dutch oven to bring. The swim beach area is about .15-mile walk from the second parking lot.
Drop by the park office and check out the animal pelts and taxidermy mounts of various animals found in the park. A park ranger will be available to answer any questions.
Brrrrr…..the black bear prepares for denning time ahead. Take a break half-way up Hanging Rock Trail to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor in the park.
Join a ranger to talk about skins and skulls of different animals. You will be allowed to inspect and investigate each item. Meet at the visitor center.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.
Enjoy a boat ride over to one of the newest additions to Hammocks Beach State Park– Jones Island, an island located in the mouth of the White Oak River overlooking Swansboro. We will explore the island and discuss the different wildlife and ecosystems, as well as its cultural history. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office:... more
Fun for the whole family! Create a Naturally Wonderful holiday card for someone special. Decorate a ‘tree cookie’ or pine cone ornament. Several nature and holiday inspired arts and crafts will be available. Children of all ages are welcome.
NC State Parks has joined the initiative to get women and girls on trails all across North America. Over the next year we want to encourage women to bring female friends and family to hike a trail at least once a month. What better way to get started than joining a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42 mile Piedmont Loop Trail. The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately... more
Appropriate for ages 10 and up (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Please leave pets at home.