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South Mountains State Park is now open. Please exercise caution during your visit as park staff work on clearing debris.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Events and Programs

South Mountains State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Stop and put that cell phone down!  Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm for an introductory class on orienteering.  Each participant will learn how to use a map and compass, while navigating from point to point. 
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Make your mark at the park in a positive way. Join park staff at Clear Creek Access to help build a new trail around the lake! Volunteers must contact the park office in advance by email or phone for planning purposes. Tools and equipment will be provided by park staff. Contact Ranger Leigh Ann Angle or Ranger Mark Sain for more information and to confirm attendance. leigh.angle@ncparks.gov or mark.sain@ncparks.gov or call park visitor center at 828-433-4772

Date of Event:
Repeats every day 1 times.
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, South Mountains State Park (Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC)

Make your mark at the park in a positive way. Join park staff at Clear Creek Access to help build a new trail around the lake! Volunteers must contact the park office in advance by email or phone for planning purposes. Tools and equipment will be provided by park staff. Contact Ranger Leigh Ann Angle or Ranger Mark Sain for more information and to confirm attendance. leigh.angle@ncparks.gov or mark.sain@ncparks.gov or call park visitor center at 828-433-4772

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, South Mountains State Park (Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC)

Family fun and a naturally good time await you at South Mountains State Park!  Join us from 11:00-3:00 for the 16th Annual Nature Day at the park and celebrate the Year of the Fish with NC State Parks' 2017 Park of the Year.  A variety of nature and outdoor programs, exhibits and hikes are scheduled for your enjoyment. Don't miss the Sssnakes of NC with Grover Barfield and learn about what to do when you find an injured wild animal from certified wildlife rehabilitator Michelle Ray.  Kids activies include making animal tracks and lots of other fun nature related things!  Music will be provided by Heartstrings at 12pm and Wiregrass at 1:30pm at the picnic shelter. Food and beverages will be available for purchase near the picnic shelter by South Mountains Fire Department Ladies Auxillary.  Sponsored by Friends of South Mountains State Park.  Contact the park office for more information at (828) 433-4772.
 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center and Jacob Fork parking area

Knot tying is a fundamental skill for many tasks. Whether you are a beginning climber, backpacker or just want to learn a few knots.  Join a Ranger at the Visitor Center at 2:00 pm.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Contact:

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly SpringsNC 28612
Phone828-433-4772
south.mountains@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.596300
Longitude: -81.600000

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