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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

1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come out to the park to learn more about the sights and sounds of the forest during this ranger-guided nature hike along one of the park’s nature trails.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week until Tue Oct 20 2020 except Tue Oct 13 2020.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap

Join a ranger at the historic Garden Creek Baptist Church for a short 1 mile round trip moderate hike to a still site located up Garden Creek. Be sure to bring any water, snacks, bug spray, walking sticks, and masks you may need.

Date of Event:
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Garden Creek Baptist Church
743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

The Rumbling Bald Trail is a loop trail that meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas. Join a park ranger as we explore the signs of the autumn season and explain the science behind changing leaf colors.  This moderate hike is very family friendly.

Date of Event:
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC
2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake

Come enjoy our Bat Hike to get you into the Halloween spirit! There will be a short introduction to this flying mammal, some fun bat activities/crafts, and a hike to the millpond. We’ll be using a bat detector that can pick up their echolocation and even tell what species of bat we are looking at. You must sign-up ahead of time.

Date of Event:
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Out front of the Welcome Center
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs

Have you ever heard of Naval Stores? The park was once home to this industry of harvesting the sap of living Longleaf pines. Join us as we learn about the parks’ historic land uses and view an elderly pine tree with a story to tell. This program will feature an easy 1-mile hike, please bring comfortable walking shoes. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park would not be the same without its prominent namesake. Have you ever wondered what the cliff's origins are? Join us as we explore the story of the cliff from its geology to its human history. This program will feature an easy 1-mile hike, please bring comfortable walking shoes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come out to the park with your doggies and enjoy this ranger-guided hike along the park's newly developed hiking trails. There will be a new topic each month as we explore the sights and sounds around us.  NOTE: pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.  Meet at the front of the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Who gives a hoot?  This program will introduce you to some of the park’s residents that like to keep watch during the night hours.  You will learn about some of our owl species, their habitats, and tips of what you can do to help these night watchers.  Bring your own flashlights to use on the trail.

PROGRAM IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. Contact park office for program update: 910-326-4881.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

The Rumbling Bald Trail is a loop trail that meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas. Join a park ranger as we explore the signs of the autumn season and explain the science behind changing leaf colors.  This moderate hike is very family friendly.

Date of Event:
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC
743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

Join a park ranger at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access for a show and tell about wildfire gear, followed by a short hike. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC