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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

  • Who gives a hoot? Join a ranger to learn about some of our owl species, their habitats, and tips of what you can do to help these night watchers. If the weather is good we will take a short walk along the park’s 1/2-mile nature trail and try to call in any of the owls that may nearby.  NOTE: Weather dependent; contact park office for program status: 910-326-4881.
Date of Event:
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, October, November, December on the third Thursday until Fri Mar 20 2020.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger to hike through a section of the park and discuss the habitats, wildlife, and animals that will be observed. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended.  Meets on the visitor center back deck.

Date of Event:
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park volunteer for an overnight backpacking trip to Little River Campground.  This program is for beginners or folks new to backpacking.  Topics covered include setting up camp, building campfires, and the use of camping equipment.  There is limited room for participants and pre-registration is required at the Visitor Center.
 

Date of Event:
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Meet the park ranger for a one mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised.

Date of Event:
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

2019 is the Year of the Snake for North Carolina State Parks!

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 27 2019.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Join a Park Ranger for a Nature Hike along the Hemlock Nature Trail.  Topics will include plants, animals, and anything else we find along the way!
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Hemlock Nature Trail Trailhead

Join Ranger Musumarra for a guided hike in the Boone Bowl to celebrate the highly anticipated re-opening of the Nuwati and Cragway Trails! Come and get an inside look at the massive undertaking of trail reconstruction, including an in-depth discussion of trail building methodology. Total hiking distance will be approximately three miles, or as far as time allows at a moderate pace.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 299.9

Many of us have lost loved ones to the disease cancer. Join a ranger on this memorial hike to celebrate and remember your loved ones. This hike is not a fundraiser nor is it a mileage counter; It is simply an opportunity to remember those whom we have lost. We will be doing a single silent lap on the half mile loop section of the trail. Group will meet at the main land trailhead.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Trailhead