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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

Join a park ranger for an exciting hike through the woods learning about some of the adaptations wildlife have to survive these colder months.  The plants and animals are quite unique in their own way.  The forest is alive all year long!

OPTIONAL: Bring binoculars if you have them.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us for a hike of the Mountains-to-Sea section within the park and learn more about the trail that spans 1,175 miles between the coast and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a boat ride over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina's hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and discover about some of nature's wonders and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs!  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! OPTIONAL:  Bring your own binoculars if you have them.

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881

Date of Event:
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long. 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 24 2018.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join park staff as we hike the basin trail through maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat. The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

Join a Ranger for an enjoyable hike along the Alder Trail. The hike will start at the Visitor Center. The Alder Trail is about .8 miles in length and is home to many different species of flora and fauna. The hike is open to all ages. For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger at 2:00 p.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. 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. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 24 2018.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Flytrap Trail Parking Area

If you would like to learn how to identify tricky winter trees, come to this workshop to find out what other clues you can use to find out which tree is which!
**Dress for the weather—we will go outside for about 30 minutes!**

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium

Meet the park ranger for a One-mile hike to Luther Rock amphibolite outcrop area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing views as you make your way along the mountain ridgeline. Wear sturdy shoes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

*MEET AT WEYMOUTH CENTER: 555 E. CONNECTICUT AVE.  Join a ranger for a 1-mile hike through the old growth Long Leaf Pine, and hear about the history of the property. We will also be visiting some of the restoration sites located in the forest.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Weymouth Center: 555 E. Conn. Ave., Southern Pines, NC