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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

Backpack Tips

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.

Guided Hikes

300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Want to hike the ridge under a full moon?  Take a stroll with a ranger and experience the park after dark.  The classic campfire tradition of s'mores will be available after the hike.  Treats provided by the Friends of Jockey's Ridge.  Preregistration is required.  There is a maximum of 15 participants.  
(252) 441-7132

Date of Event:
Monday, September 20, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
2388 N.C. 128, Burnsville

Join park staff on a moderate 0.75 mile hike through the spruce-fir forest and learn about the ecology and natural history of the park.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Classroom
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

NC State Parks is celebrating the Year of the Beetle in 2021 so join Ranger Engels on a guided hike to learn about beetle identification and then search for some live specimens. All ages welcome and we will meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking lot at 9:30 am.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Holly Discovery Trail parking lot
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire

Fall is finally here! Join Ranger Briley for a short hike to the Bearwallow Valley Overlook where we will enjoy the Autumn weather and have a brief discussion on the science behind leaf color change. Be sure to bring water and wear proper hiking shoes.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and the first day of astronomical fall with a Ranger led hike around the Chestnut Oak Trail at Occoneechee Mountain. Learn about the equinox and the mountain as we hike the mile long trail.

Limit: 15
Bring water, hiking shoes, cool clothes and snacks
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686

 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join a Park Ranger on a hike to find the homes of salamanders and their neighbors.

Limit: 10
Bring water and cool clothes.
Closed toed shoes required
Shoes/ clothes that can get muddy encouraged

Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686
 

Date of Event:
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Cabe Lands Parking Lot
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join a Ranger to learn a little about land navigation using a compass and map. We will set up a navigation course in a field to get our bearings and learn the basics of how to use a compass. We will also talk about what a Park Ranger uses a compass for in her/his job. We will have a few basic compasses to practice with.

Date of Event:
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Cox Mountain Trail Head
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Learn about amphibians and take a hike to hopefully find some!

Limit: 15
Bring water, hiking shoes and cool clothes
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686

 

Date of Event:
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Cabe Lands Parking Lot
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 06 2021.
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Learn about Occoneechee Mountains Geologic wonders including Quartz and Pyrophyllite. Explore the rock outcrops and overlook with a real geologist.

Limit:12
Bring water and cool clothes
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686

 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables