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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, August 25, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Join Ranger Musumarra for a guided hike on the Profile Trail to learn more about Grandfather Mountain State Park. We’ll walk approximately two miles, round trip and be out for about two hours. The terrain is moderate, sometimes steep and often muddy. Bring whatever snacks and water you need, and dress for the weather. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Metamorphic formations and intrusive quartz are just the beginning of the story. On this amphibolite hike we will look for the connections that exist between the soil, rocks, and plants. Join us on this unique Appalachian amphibolite hike. Wear appropriate shoes or boots.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Too early to be thinking about fall migration? Think again. Many species have already started their southward journey and others are starting to flock up to begin theirs. The Paddy’s Creek Area is a great place to look for birds and Ranger Jamie Cameron knows just where to find them. We’ll get an early start to beat the heat and take advantage of the peak hours of bird activity.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area bathhouse breezeway

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, August 29, 2019 - 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, August 31, 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:
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Whether you believe Bigfoot is roaming among us or not, the stories are still fascinating to the imagination. We will be discussing the rumored species and its supposed characteristics that will leave you wondering, is he really out there? We will then go for a short walk on the Spanish Moss Trail looking for “signs of Bigfoot”.

Date of Event:
Monday, September 2, 2019 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Overlook Amphitheater

Meet at the Visitor Center to hike to watch the sunset.

Date of Event:
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger to hike on the Ivy Bluffs Trail to look for early fall migratory birds as they make their way south for the winter. The hike will be approximately 3 miles round trip and is easy to moderate in difficulty. Please bring your own binoculars, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Ivy Bluffs Parking Area