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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

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.
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

2019 is the Year of the Snakes in North Carolina's state parks. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Riverwalk Trail, behind 431 Main Street Chimney Rock, NC 28720

Enjoy a leisure hike through the woods of Medoc Mountain by the light of the full moon.  Participants will hike various park trails and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night.  This hike is sure to be fun for the whole family.  Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water, and a flashlight.  Please register for this hike by calling Heidi at 252-586-1770 and we hope that you can Make it to t

Date of Event:
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

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 week every Thursday until Fri Aug 30 2019 except Thu Jul 04 2019.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Ever wondered what the different types of vegetation were as you hiked the trails at Lake James State Park and if you can eat any of it? Armed with field guides and curiosity, Park Ranger Clay Veasey will lead this program from the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway to learn more about identifying our resident plants (and a few trees along the way). We’ll begin our adventure at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area, bathhouse breezeway

Meet the park ranger for a 1.1-mile round-trip night hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock during the Summer Solstice. We will seek out amazing views, observe stars, as well as the shimmering lights from town 1,600 feet below. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy, closed toe shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous, as Appalachian night hikes can be challenging.

Date of Event:
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Sunset Overlook (1st overlook)

The half mile loop trail on the mainland of Hammocks Beach State Park offers huge opportunities to witness the natural world. This hike will be led by two rangers one of whom is a trained forester and is an expert on trees and plants. The other is proficient in animal tracking and is a land mammal enthusiast. There will be plenty of learning opportunities along the way!

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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:
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

2019 is the Year of the Snakes in North Carolina's state parks. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Worlds Edge 1040 Worlds Edge Road Hendersonville, NC 28792

Join a Park Ranger at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am for a streamside hike along the Jacob Fork River.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area