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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

StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined. We will be posting “Winter’s Coming By: Jan Thornhill”. The StoryWalk® will be along part of our Rockefeller Loop Trail,  an easy 1 mile round trip hike StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined. We will be posting “Winter’s Coming By: Jan Thornhill”.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day every Monday and every Wednesday and every Friday until Mon Dec 17 2018.
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, December 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Beginning of the Rockefeller Loop Trail

Are you ready for an evening saunter on a mountain top?  Drive up to Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area and prepare for one-mile hike along a rocky ridgeline. We will hike out to beautiful Luther Rock to do a little star gazing and vista viewing. You will need to bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
First Overlook

Join our Wildlings programs series (designed for kids 6-10 years old) this Saturday as we seek out evidence of our local beavers busily preparing for winter. We’ll cover a 1.75-mile hike down to Pine Island to see the current beaver activity.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area 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. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sun Feb 24 2019.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Check out one of the best views on the lake with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. The Lake Channel Overlook Trail is a moderate, 1.5-mile route through a section of the park that has been under prescription for fire.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office

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 different flora and fauna which call the park home. The hike will start at the Visitor Center. For more information or to register for a program, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

It may come as a surprise to some, but birdwatching during the winter can be excellent. With all of the winged visitors from the north, we might see as many as 30 different types of birds in little more than an hour. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for a walk around the Paddy’s Creek Area to see what kind of surprises we might turn up. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 9 a.m.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Join a park ranger for a hike to talk about how the park changes in the winter season.  Bring water and be dressed for the weather,

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Rolling View MST parking area

Sister Trek is aimed at introducing women to the fun and benefits of hiking. Please dress in layers for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes. If you bring your dog, make sure that he is on a leash and socialized and Join a Ranger as she leads a 2 mile nature hike through the long leaf pine ecosystem. Experience the unique beauty of the Sandhills.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Welcome Center

StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined. We will be posting “Winter’s Coming By: Jan Thornhill”. The StoryWalk® will be along part of our Rockefeller Loop Trail,  an easy 1 mile round trip hike StoryWalk® is simply a book and a walking path combined. We will be posting “Winter’s Coming By: Jan Thornhill”.

Date of Event:
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 8:00am to Monday, December 31, 2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Beginning of the Rockefeller Loop Trail