Looking for outdoor fun? Join us on an adventurous hike around the park Lake. Discover what animals call this place home and learn a little park history. This hike is suitable for kids and adults. The trail is less than a mile long and wheelchair accessible.
Take A Hike
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
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.
Meet at the park visitor center for a short hike to learn about the trees of Pilot Mountain State Park. Identification by leaves, bark, fruit, and flowers will be discussed.
Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.
Have you ever wanted to go on a hike with a Park Ranger? Now's your chance! We will meet outside the Education Center near the trailhead for the Balsam Nature Trail. Ranger Blackwell will lead you a gudied 3/4 mile hike through a high-elevation spruce-fir forest. We'll stop at some of the interpretive wayside signs along the way and discuss the unique environment, species, and history of Mt.
(NOTE: THIS HIKE IS NOW FULL.)
Observe and learn about the wildflowers found in the Black Mountains. The hike begins at the park office at the Commissary Trailhead and is a 1 mile hike out and back.
Join a naturalist on a 4.1 mile hike to Holden’s Mill. Learn about the history of the Holden family and the operation of their mill while exploring the ruins of it.
Bring water and wear proper footwear for a hike.
Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail for a hike along the trails. We will discuss the different types of carnivorous plants we have including the Venus Flytrap. Also, 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.
Join a Ranger for a short Cypress Point Trail Hike. We will discuss the history of Merchants Millpond and the plants and animals that we encounter. The program should last about 45 minutes. For more information, feel free to contact park staff at 252 357 1191.
A NC State Park Ranger has many responsibilities from law enforcement to education to high angle rescue and wears many hats. Come meet with a ranger to learn all aspects of their jobs and see all the equipment needed to provide visitors with a safe and fun visit to our state parks