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William B Umstead State Park
On the Ask a Ranger Podcast this month, we are going on a virtual hike and answering the question of “What’s that noise!?” The sounds that we hear around us in the forest always evoke curiosity and wonder, but sometimes the sounds at night can add a bit of wariness. To help dispel some of the worry, let’s dissect the night and learn a little about nature’s nightlife. To hear the sounds for each animal, click on this link and listen to our Ask a Ranger Podcast:
Join a Ranger to discover a beautiful area of the park that was never farmed or used intensively by former land-owners or current park visitors. See some of the biggest Beech trees in the park along with species that are normally found in some of our state's western mountain parks.
Ranger Crystal braved the brisk Falls Lake State Recreation Area winter to interview some of our animal pals and find out how they survive a North Carolina winter. You can listen in to this podcast interview here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/613326-winter-wonderland.
In the following Ask a Ranger article, we offer you a fun biography of each of the winter pals Ranger Crystal interviewed.
Click on this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/574422-campfire-ready-ghost-stories to listen to campfire ready ghost stories! If you would rather read them allowed to your friends and family yourself this article is for you!
Join us for our "Why Spiders are Awesome" podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/602168-nc-state-parks-year-of-the-spider-2017 the celebrate the final month of the Year of the Spider for North Carolina State Parks. After you listen, enjoy our regional Educational Specialist Ranger Brian Bockhahn's final thoughts about why he thinks spiders are so amazing!
This will be an approximately four-mile hike that will be off trail a little bit, on the Company Mill trail and on a side trail off the Company Mill trail (easy to moderate at some points). If you only like to hike flat trails, this hike is not for you. It is a moderate hike.
Come out & enjoy the fresh winter air with Ranger Jess as we hike the Sal's Branch Trail.
Pups are always welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Voice command & electric collars do not count.
This event is geared toward kids ages 6-12 years old but fun for people of all ages. We will be singing songs, playing games, and making smores.