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September 24-30

Take a Child Outside - September 24-30A wonderful opportunity to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. North Carolina State Parks hopes to help children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment and an enthusiasm for exploring the natural world. Go ahead, take a child outside!

 

 

Reenactors with the 1st NC Volunteers will be spending the weekend at the fort presenting the public with special living history events and programs.  Events will be held from 10:00 to 4:00 each day and may include flag talks, women's dress talks, musket drills, and artillery demonstrations. A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fort Macon

What does a forest look like after a wildfire? These questions and more will be answered by park staff and naturalists as they lead a strenous, three-mile hike to the top of Round Top Mountain in Hickory Nut Gorge. This area burned hot in the 7,154-acre Party Rock Fire, and these experts will be on hand to survey the ecosystem's recovery and tell the story of the month-long fire.

Space is limited to 25 hikers. Friends of Chimney Rock State Park may attend for free; others may attend for a donation.

Hikers will board a bus at the Ticket Plaza and travel to the trailhead. Bring lunch and water.  Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed-toed shoes.
 
The Four Seasons Initiative is a series of guided hikes sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by park rangers. These hikes will take you into areas of the park that are not easily accessible due to public access issues. Call 828-625-1823 and reserve your space today!

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock Attraction

Join a volunteer to look for salamanders and frogs in the Eno.  We will a hike and look in places salamanders like to hang out.  We will talk about their habits and what they eat in their river.
 
Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet.
 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
                                                                                                           
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Pump Station Trailhead

Learn about the Eno and Occaneechi Indians while walking in their footprints along the river during this 1.3 mile imaginative history experience.

Ages 12 & up.

** Bring hiking shoes, a full water bottle and a light snack.

**Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot

Join a ranger for a nature hike down the Alder Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center (759 State Park Rd Troutman). For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about the Eno and Occaneechi Indians while walking in their footprints along the river during this 1.3 mile imaginative history experience.

Ages 12 & up.

** Bring hiking shoes, a full water bottle and a light snack.

**Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child park admission ticket with each paying adult.

Ah the great outdoors!  Everyone smiles when the sun is shining.  It warms our skin as we inhale the sweet smell of the wind that wisps through the vast landscapes that surround us.  We are drawn to the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, and to the never-ending wilderness.  We all hurry off in hopes of some high adventure, or maybe looking for a nice place to relax.  But what happens to the weekend warrior when trouble strikes?  When thunder clouds loom over our heads; when the trails seem to have vanished, and when nature has shown us how small and fragile we really are. 

What do you carry while you are hiking? Would you have what you need to survive the night?  Join a park ranger as we rummage through our gear to determine the top 10 essentials of what to pack when we prepare to venture into the great outdoors!

All ages welcome.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
The Meadows near the Animal Discovery Den

Take a child outside, and lets explore, and learn about the animal tracks and sign that can be found along the rivers edges.  This is for children age 3 and up, parents must attend.  We will be making a plaster animal track cast that they can take home.  Please dress for weather, bug spray,sunscreen, and bring water.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:30pm
Start Location:
Morrow Mountain State Park Boathouse

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child Park admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register with the office at 828-625-9611. Space is limited.

Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone.  Join a park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun filled night under the stars!  
You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event. 

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The Meadows

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child park admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register with the office at 828-625-9611. Space is limited.

Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone.  Join a park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun-filled night under the stars!  

You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event. 

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public.

 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The Meadows near the Animal Discovery Den