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First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

Enjoy New Year's Day in the Great Outdoors

On January 1, North Carolina State Parks will be hosting First Day Hikes to start the year off right. Many parks will be hosting guided hikes at varying levels, or you can explore your favorite park on your own. We resolve to have a year full of fun, history and nature! 

 



743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike!
A Park Ranger will lead an informative discussion about the park's history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that's free to participants!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café at 8:00 a.m. 
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top. 
The park will provide shuttle transportation back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village by 10:00 a.m. 
Hike particpants can return to the Park for the same day at no charge.
 
State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America's state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America's state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.  
State parks are a "close to home" resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.
 
Bring plenty of drinking water, clothing suited to the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. 
This hike will be moderately strenuous up hill along a paved surface.

Advanced registration is not required.  Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Old Rock Café


522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain

Start off the New Year on the right foot! Join us for a Ranger-lead hike from the Boulders Access Area of Crowders Mountain State Park to the CCC Bathhouse Trailhead of Kings Mountain State Park. This will be a moderate 5.6 mile hike. The recommended age is 10. Be sure to bring water,snacks, and wear appropriate footwear. Shuttle service will be provided.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Boulders Access Area


8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

Join Ranger Billy as we welcome the New Year in the best way possible, spending time in Nature.   We will enjoy one of my favorite hikes where you will enjoy a lake side trail, the closest thing we have to a waterfall, the old quarry and one my secret spots below the quarry where the kids used to swim back in the day.  This hike has some off trail components, but nothing too strenous.  

Call the park office at 919-571-4170 to register for the program.  Space is limited.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Multi-use Parking Lot/ Crabtree Side off Glenwood Ave


1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Start the year off right by getting outside for a First Day Hike! **Meet over at the Weymouth Center at 555 E. Connecticut Ave in Southern Pines** for an easy 1-mile hike through old growth longleaf pine forest. You’ll meet the oldest known living longleaf pine in the world as well as the former state champion longleaf!

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Weymouth Center - 555 East Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines


2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

Start the new year off with a hike in your favorite state park. Fort Macon will be offering 2 rangers led hikes this year, both starting at 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center. One hike will be 3.3 miles on the Elliott Coues Trail.  The other will be a shorter ¾-mile nature hike on the Yarrow’s Loop Trail and inlet beach. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, good sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
This park may not have events scheduled. Check back soon!


2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum

Join us for a guided hike on New Year's Day to kick off 2020 the right way! Hikers will enjoy a scenic view of the Lumber River while learning about local flora and fauna from experienced park rangers. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Princess Ann Access Area Picnic Shelter


759 State Park Road, Troutman

Join a Park Ranger for a First Day Hike at Lake Norman State Park. This hike will take a look at North America's biggest rodent; the Beaver. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM and will leave from the Visitor Center. The hike will be approximately 3 miles in length and may involve trekking off trail. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center, 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28677


2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington

Come out and enjoy the first day of the year at Goose Creek State Park. Start off the new year with a hike along the Pamlico River while looking for waterfowl and other wildlife along the way. Dress for the weather and meet in the last parking lot on the main park road.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Last Parking Lot


3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap

Bring in the new year by joining a ranger for a 3 mile, moderate walking hike around the equestrian loop trail. We will discuss the history of Stone Mountain State Park. We will also be stopping by an old liquor still demolished during prohibition. Bring Sturdy walking shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Horse Trailer Parking Area


1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

Kick off the first day of the year on the right foot! Join a park ranger for a hike around the Jomeokee Trail! Meet with a park ranger at the Jomeokee Trailhead. During the hike we will be discussing the park's long history, geology, and local flora and fauna. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead