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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

Come to Medoc Mountain State Park and enjoy a leisure hike through the woods by the light of the full moon.  Participants will hike various park trails and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night.  This is fun for the whole family, so dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water, and a flashlight.  Please register for this hike by calling Heidi at 252-586-1770

Date of Event:
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Join us on a 1.5-mile guided hike on the Paint Hill tract to find the rare Sandhills Pyxie-moss, a species only known to exist in a handful of counties in the Carolinas! Typically, our first spring bloomer, we may get a sneak preview of the wildflower season to come. We will meet at the visitor center and carpool over to the other site, just a mile and a half down the road.

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm
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!

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

Date of Event:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Date of Event:
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main Lodge at the Summit Environmental Education and Cnference Center

Enjoy a ranger-led boat ride over to Huggins Island to learn and explore about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  We will also look at other generations that have utilized this island over the yea

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Appropriate for all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no pets. | 2-mile hike round trip. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076, -81.781358)

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May on the second Monday until Mon May 14 2018.
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Happy National Pi Day! This hike is aimed at introducing women to the fun and benefits of hiking and to those that may be new to hiking and the outdoors. Come out to the park after dark for this nature-inspired hike along the park's 1/2-mile nature trail.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 month on January, February, March, April on the third Thursday until Mon Apr 23 2018.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Hike the Thin Green Line with Ranger Phillips at one of the best views in the Hickory Nut Gorge.  The hike distance is 2.5 miles, and the difficulty level is moderate. Be sure to wear your green to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Call 828-625-1823 for more information.