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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

1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail for a hike along the trails. We will discuss the different types of carnivorous plants we have including the Venus Flytrap. Also, 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.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Tue Nov 01 2022.
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  NC State Park's educational theme this year is "The Year of the Tree!"  Learn more about the park's natural world.  "Take Root and Grow!"  

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join the Naturalist for a game of Birding Bingo along the Cole Mill Trail. We'll mark birds off of our bingo cards as we see and/or hear them. We'll cover ~1.5 miles over fairly mild terrain. Though they are curious, the birds may not always cooperate - bring binoculars for a better chance to see the ones that keep their distance!

Date of Event:
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Cole Mill Access-Upper Lot
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire

Spring has arrived, come learn about the different tree species that can be found in the park and learn the ways to identify them. Take part on this guided hike starting at white pines picnic area.  

Date of Event:
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
White Pines Picnic Area
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

Join a ranger at Pilot Creek Access to learn about insects. We will explore their anatomy and hike to find our six-legged friends. Then we will try out different techniques of catch and release. Please bring water and wear proper outdoor attire. Email maggie.miller@ncparks.gov to reserve a spot.

Date of Event:
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join a ranger on a hike along and off of pump station trail as we talk about some of the spots that mushrooms can grow, what types are out, and we give a shot at identifying some of the local mushrooms and whether they may be edible or not! Side note you can only eat some mushrooms once so we will not do that!       

Date of Event:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Pump Station Access
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  NC State Park's educational theme this year is "The Year of the Tree!"  Learn more about the park's natural world.  "Take Root and Grow!"  

Date of Event:
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
759 State Park Road, Troutman

Help us celebrate World Turtle Day with a program all about turtles! We will go over some of the local turtles you may see at the park and then go on a short hike to look for some of our turtle residents. Be sure to bring water! 

Date of Event:
Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail for a hike along the trails. We will discuss the different types of carnivorous plants we have including the Venus Flytrap. Also, 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.

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Join a ranger on Bear Island and explore the beach with this walk to see evidence of past storms, fossil rock outcrops, geology, and barrier island migration… in real time!

NOTE: Meet at the Bear Island Bath House. (Ferry ticket purchase is required to attend this program).
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island Bath House