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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

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, April, May on the third Thursday until Fri May 17 2019. Also includes Thu May 30 2019.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at New Hope Overlook Campground for a Spring Hike and learn about the history of Jordan Lake.  Park Visitors will meet at the trailhead enrance located in the upper parking area of the New Hope Boat Ramp.  Hike is for new beginners; however experienced hikers are welcomed! Please bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.    Address is 339 W.H. Jones Rd, New Hill, NC 27562

Date of Event:
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
New Hope Overlook Campground- Trail Entrance

Join Ranger Fields on an adventurous night hike down to the millpond. We will be looking for different types of birds, reptiles and amphibians, and any other crepuscular dweller. Come prepared with hiking shoes and a flashlight/headlamp. This event will occur after closing hours, so arrive 15 minutes early.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Welcome Center

Full Moon Hike

Date of Event:
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Meet the High Country Audubon Society Birder at the office for a bird walk. We will be identifying and learning about some of the amazing birds that travel through these peaceful mountains. You are welcome bring your bird books and binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes for mountain hiking.    
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Park Office

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, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

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 Sep 01 2019.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 27 2019.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week until Sat Apr 27 2019.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike along the New River in search of spring wildflowers.
 
Wear good walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. Feel free to bring your camera as well, to capture the beauty, so you can leave it for others to
enjoy.
 

 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Wagoner Access