Get outside and use your eyes and ears to identify birds who reside here in the winter. This program is an introductory level and kid friendly.
Events and Programs
OPEN TODAYBike trails:
3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
GPS: 35.5963, -81.600
Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 7am
December, January and February 7pm
March, April and October 9pm
May - September 10pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm weekdays and weekends
Closed Christmas Day
Hikers, mountain-bikers and equestrian riders who plan to ride any portion of Benn Knob Trail should wear an item that is blaze orange. This trail is along boundary and runs through portions of South Mountains Game Lands. Hunting season is in progress. Be safe. Be seen. Now through Jan. 1, 2020.Last updated on: Friday, November 29, 2019
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.
Join a Park Ranger for a walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail and learn about some of the plants that stay green all year long. Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area.
Drop into the Visitor Center and join a Park Ranger and learn about some of the animals that call South Mountains State Park home. Get up close and personal with the skins and skulls of park inhabitants and learn about their adaptations that make them special.
Join a park ranger for a short, informative hike along the Hemlock Nature Trail. We’ll discuss the importance of hemlock trees and discuss their insect adversary, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
Start the year off with a hike up to the Chestnut Knob Overlook with a Park Ranger. Take in the views along the trail and learn about the effects the 2016 wildfire had on the park. Hike length is 5.2 miles and expected time length is 3-4 hours.