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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

2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December on the second Monday until Tue May 12 2020. Also includes Mon Sep 23 2019.
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Description: Join a ranger to talk about the evergreen plants in the park and learn why they stay that way throughout the year. There will be a small hike as we observe some of the ones on the mountain

**Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro
  • Come out to the park after dark for this night sky-inspired nature hike along the 1/2-mile nature trail. We will explore some of the sights and sounds of the nighttime hours here at the park while watching out for the rising near-full moon as well as for any shooting stars from the annual Geminid Meteor Shower.
Date of Event:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1541 Medoc State Park Road, Hollister

Enjoy a leisure hike through the woods of Medoc Mountain by the light of the full moon.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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 Sat Feb 29 2020.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

Meet with a park ranger at the Jomeokee Trailhead. During the hike we will be discussing the park's long history, geology, and local flora and fauna 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead
500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan

Come out and hike with a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park's largest tract, the Hickory Creek Access.  The hike will go down an old farm path from the end of Tyne Road to the Mayo River.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Hickory Creek Access
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Join the Naturalist for a hike to learn about the evergreen plants at Occoneechee Mountain.

Bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather.

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

Meet with a park ranger at the Jomeokee Trailhead. During the hike we will be discussing the park's long history, geology, and local flora and fauna 

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead
759 State Park Road, Troutman

Join a Ranger and enjoy a short hike at Lake Norman State Park. We will the .8-hike Alder Trail which follows the shoreline 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. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center, 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28677