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Triangle Volksmarch

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November 18, 2017

9:30am to 7:00pm

Triangle Volksmarch 2016 patch

Earn the 2017 Volksmarch patch!

Celebrate art, science, hiking and more. The Triangle Volksmarch is a self-paced walking challenge for all ages  Pick up a free map and passport at any of the event sites. Then visit stamp stations along 6.2 miles (10 K) of the Capital Area Greenway anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and earn the Volksmarch patch.



Volksmarch-PreHike Event

Friday, November 17 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 PM

Stop by Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Cameron Village for live music, refreshment and planning your route.  2017 Cameron St., Raleigh, NC 27605.


Special Events Along the Volksmarch Trail (Day of event)

10 a.m. to noon:  Decorate a Walking Stick.   Free hiking sticks while supplies last. NC Museum of Art Amphitheater.  

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Citizen Science.  Help biologists do real science experiments.  Prairie Ridge EcoStation.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  NCSU Outdoors. Try the ropes challenge course with University Recreation. Meet Triangle Greenways Council and a special guest Schenck Forest 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Nature's Holiday Traditions and S'mores. William B. Umstead State Park, Reedy Creek Entrance shelter #2


Two ways to hike the Volksmarch:

1. Yo-yo hike.  Hike a section of the trail, then return the same way for 2x the distance.

2.  Thru-hike.  Hike one-way, then get a shuttle ride back.  Either arrange your own shuttle, or check back in October for shuttletimes provided by Triangle Volksmarch.

Volksmarch means “people’s march”.  The tradition began in Germany as a fun sport for all ages.  For questions or partnership opportunities, contact, 919-707-9348


Thru-Hike Shuttle

Shuttle Between Art Museum and Umstead SP (6.3 mile walk)

Shuttle pick up from William B. Umstead State Park (Reedy Creek) entrance to the Art Museum at:  2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm. 
Shuttle pick up from NC Museum of Art (near amphitheater entrance) to Umstead SP at: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm.

Shuttle From Shenck Forest to NC Museum of Art (2 mile walk)

Shuttle pick up is from the entrance gate of Schenck Memorial Forest on Reedy Creek Road at the following times: 1:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:15 pm.

Register for a shuttle here: 

Marching with Dogs

Leashed dogs are welcome to visit all stamp stations, however dogs may not join special events at Prairie Ridge and Schenck Forest.  At these sites, dogs will have to continue along the Capitol Greenway rather than march through Prairie Ridge or Schenck Forest trails.

Biking the Volksmarch Route

It is possible to ride your bike to all stamp stations and complete the Triangle Volksmarch.  Bikes are allowed on the Capitol Greenway.  Bikes may park at the entrance to Prairie Ridge and Schenck Forest, but may not ride the trails in those sites.  Once in Umstead State Park, bikes will need to take the Reedy Creek Trail rather than the Loblolly Trail, and then a small section of park road to complete this 7.5 mile alternative route.

Triangle Volksmarch is made possible by a Public Lands Day grant through the National Environmental Education Foundation and Friends of State Parks. For questions or partnership, contact