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Take A Hike

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. - John Muir

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. - G.M. Trevelyan

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way. - Dr. Suess

Backpack Tips

According to an REI article, packing can be broken down into three zones, plus peripheral storage:

Visualize stacking cordwood. You’re laying down rows, not building columns: Fill nooks and crannies until you have a solid, stable load—and be sure weight is equally balanced on each side. Tighten compression straps to streamline your load and prevent it from shifting as you hike.

Guided Hikes

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on October, November, December on the third Thursday until Sat Dec 22 2018.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.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.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sun Feb 24 2019.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Join a ranger to learn identifying characteristics of trees in winter. Meet at the visitor center. Be prepared for a short hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take some time this holiday to enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Meet the park ranger for a one-mile hike through winter forest and enjoy some of Luther rocks spectacular views. The Appalachian winter winds are calling, bring a hat, coat, gloves.
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Join a park ranger for an exciting hike through the woods. You will get an opportunity to explore the park’s new property, discovering sights and sounds while taking in the fresh air. You never know what types of wildlife you may get a glimpse at!

OPTIONAL: Bring binoculars if you have them.

 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.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.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Come join us as we will be exploring our fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem and the recently drained millpond that provides a glimpse of land-use history dating back to the 1800s. We will observe numerous native species to the Sandhills and visit some 200-year old longleaf pine trees with Red Cockaded Woodpecker cavities.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Welcome 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.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am for this easy one mile walk.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Parents, enjoy the outdoors and bring your children (ages 6-12) for an easy hike designed to help them earn their Junior Ranger certification for Jordan Lake!  We will start at the beach parking lot near the trailhead for the Ebenezer Church Trail (look for the white State Ranger truck).

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Ebenezer Church Beach parking lot, near the Ebenezer Church trail.

For the first time day of 2019, everyone is invited to hike up Chimney Rock Park Road!
The Park Superintendent 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, FREE entry!

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park - Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café