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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

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

 How do turtles survive in winter? Join a Park Ranger for a short hike along the river to learn about the turtles in the park and their different adaptions to survive winter.

Limit 10. Please call the office at (919)383-1686 to sign-up. 

Remember to bring water and to dress for the weather and a hike!

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office porch
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Hike with a Ranger to the location of a cemetery of enslaved people who were owned by a prominent mill owning family along the Eno. We will discuss the practice of slavery in North Carolina and some impacts it had on the Eno River Valley Community.

Limit 10. Please call the office at (919)383-1686 to sign-up. 

Date of Event:
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office porch
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 Sun Feb 28 2021.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Join us on the back porch of the Visitor Center to hear about this mighty tree of the “great north state”.  You will get a chance to learn about its natural history as well as why its so important for the ecosystems it is found in.  The ranger will share with you some of the future projects we will be doing with this tree in the park.

Meet on the back deck at the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Back Deck
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:
Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
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:
Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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:
Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Join a ranger in this nationwide citizen-science project to count the birds in our backyard for the GBBC.  Hammocks Beach is a great location to see several bird species- from the ones that hide in the woods to those that swim our waters.  We have a limited supply of binoculars and field guides to use; however you can bring your own if you have them!

Meet at the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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:
Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

​For the next hour you will be taken to see the beautiful hickory bluff located on the banks of queens creek during this ranger-led hike.  You will get a chance to learn about the different trees and plants that are found along the way.  Please wear appropriate footwear for rugged terrain along the trail.

Meet at the front of the Visitor Center. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Nature Trail