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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

This strenuous 2-mile round trip hike up an old logging road will take the Friends to the top of Rumbling Bald Mountain to Party Rock, the source of the Party Rock Fire.  From here you can see excellent views of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and Hickory Nut Gorge.   

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746

Come out for a Ranger-led nature hike. We will be exploring our fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem. We will observe numerous native species to the Sandhills and visit some 200-year old longleaf pine trees with Red Cockaded Woodpecker cavities. Bring a bottle of water, a camera (if you like taking pictures), and your walking shoes!

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Welcome Center

Take a shaded walk along the beautiful Boardwalk with the park ranger. Look for birds and other wildlife and discover some of what the Swamp has to offer.

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

During this Ranger guided hike we will learn to identify birds using various field guides and phone apps. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Shelter 14 at Rolling View

Sister Trek is aimed at introducing women to the fun and benefits of hiking. Please dress in layers for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes. If you bring your dog, make sure that he is on a leash and socialized and Join a Ranger as she leads a 2 mile nature hike through the long leaf pine ecosystem. Experience the unique beauty of the Sandhills.

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Welcome Center

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

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on April, May, June, July, August, September, October on the second Monday until Tue Oct 09 2018. Also includes Mon Jun 25 2018, Mon Jul 23 2018, Mon Aug 27 2018, Mon Sep 24 2018.
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along our Soundside Nature Trail  and discuss the interesting habitats of barrier islands.  Meet at the sound access parking area on W. Soundside Rd.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on W. Soundside Road

Come fishing with a Park Ranger at Morse Park in the beautiful Town of Lake Lure. All fishing will be done on the lake and is appropriate for all ages. Equipment will be provided, no fishing license is required, and this event is free! Meet at 2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746 and look for the white State Park truck.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Morse Park, Town of Lake Lure, NC

This is for families with an interest in connecting children with nature.  The time together will be varied, from wood games, crafts, woodlore, to spontaneous play and nature exploration.   If this is something the parents want to continue, we can start meeting monthly at some arranged convenient time.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

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 Jun 29 2018.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center