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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

1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Join our park naturalist and ornithologist Susan Campbell for a 2-hour guided hike through a variety of habitat in search of seasonal birds. We will be listening and looking for as many species as possible and expect to encounter late migrants as well as wintering and local resident birds. We’ll keep an eye out other interesting critters as well!

 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join us for a short hike to learn about beavers, how they interact with our environment, identify signs that a beaver is nearby and possibly see the beginning stages of a beaver dam!

Limit: 10
Distance: 1 Mile, Easy
Bring water and proper footwear for a hike
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Fews Ford Parking Loop
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  Learn more about the park's natural world.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

If are ready for an adventure here’s a great opportunity to visit the “River Section” of Lake James State park. Park Ranger Clay will be meeting a group of adventurous hikers to the Old Catawba River to search for aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. The wetland habitat in this area is rich in biodiversity and rarely visited by humans.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Canal Bridge Boat Access
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire

Hike with a Ranger! Join us for a short 0.4-mile round trip hike to one of Gorges State Parks Waterfalls. We will learn how waterfalls are formed and the three different types of waterfalls. Please bring proper footwear and water. 

Date of Event:
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Bearwallow Picnic Area
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

This event is being hosted by the Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail:

Meet at new Lake James State Park Visitor Center off Lake James State Park Road - Nebo at 9 AM. We will "learn" from a State Park Ranger and then "hike" across the 250 foot Cove Bridge for an out and back of Long Arm Peninsula for about a 3-mile total. After, we will have lunch together in the area.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Visitor Center at Paddys Creek Area
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail for a hike along the trails. 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 02 2022.
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

Come and learn a essential skill that is being replaced with satellites, smart phones, and GPS. Orienteering is a skill developed in the 19th century for traveling through unknown lands with only a map and compass, but navigation has been around for much longer.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddys Creek Day Use Office
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  Take in the view, it'll be a lasting memory.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Shelter #3
759 State Park Road, Troutman

Join a Ranger and enjoy a short hike at Lake Norman State Park. We will hike the .8 mile Alder Trail which follows the shorelines of Norwood and Hicks Creek. Participants can expect to discover flora and fauna which call the park home. The hike will begin at 10:00 AM and will leave from the Visitor Center. All CDC and NC COVID-19 restrictions must be followed.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center