- Who gives a hoot? Join a ranger to learn about some of our owl species, their habitats, and tips of what you can do to help these night watchers. If the weather is good we will take a short walk along the park’s 1/2-mile nature trail and try to call in any of the owls that may nearby. NOTE: Weather dependent; contact park office for program status: 910-326-4881.
Take A Hike
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
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.
Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.
Join a ranger to hike through a section of the park and discuss the habitats, wildlife, and animals that will be observed. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. Meets on the visitor center back deck.
Join a park volunteer for an overnight backpacking trip to Little River Campground. This program is for beginners or folks new to backpacking. Topics covered include setting up camp, building campfires, and the use of camping equipment. There is limited room for participants and pre-registration is required at the Visitor Center.
Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Meet the park ranger for a one mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised.
2019 is the Year of the Snake for North Carolina State Parks!
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.
Join a Park Ranger for a Nature Hike along the Hemlock Nature Trail. Topics will include plants, animals, and anything else we find along the way!
Join Ranger Musumarra for a guided hike in the Boone Bowl to celebrate the highly anticipated re-opening of the Nuwati and Cragway Trails! Come and get an inside look at the massive undertaking of trail reconstruction, including an in-depth discussion of trail building methodology. Total hiking distance will be approximately three miles, or as far as time allows at a moderate pace.
Many of us have lost loved ones to the disease cancer. Join a ranger on this memorial hike to celebrate and remember your loved ones. This hike is not a fundraiser nor is it a mileage counter; It is simply an opportunity to remember those whom we have lost. We will be doing a single silent lap on the half mile loop section of the trail. Group will meet at the main land trailhead.