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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

1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come out to the park for this after-hours night hike with the ranger to discover the woods under the light of the Beaver Full Moon!  We will follow the 1/2-mile loop trail to explore the sights and sounds of the park. Bring a flashlight if you want… or use just the moonlight if you dare!

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

Date of Event:
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sun Feb 28 2021.
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come out to the park with your doggies and enjoy this ranger-guided hike along the park's newly developed hiking trails. There will be a new topic each month as we explore the sights and sounds around us.  NOTE: pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.  Meet at the front of the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

For this program we will be walking and reading the park’s nature-themed Story Walk along the nature trail.  You will get a chance to hear the winter story that will be on display for the season.  AGES: 5 and younger

PROGRAM IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. Contact park office for program update: 910-326-4881.

Date of Event:
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Nature Trail
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs

Join us on a hike around the park as we hunt for signs of Christmas and Santa Claus. We will explore natural items in the woods that remind us of the holidays.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs

Take a guided walk as we quietly search for and discuss winter birds. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them, the park will not be providing binoculars. This program will feature an easy 1-mile hike, please bring comfortable walking shoes.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Swim Lake Parking Lot
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 26, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike!
A Park Ranger will open the park gate for hikers to enter between 7:30-8:30am. 
During this once a year special opportunity, family groups can stroll up the 3.2-mile entrance road 

Date of Event:
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Old Rock Café