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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

Help us celebrate National Trails Day by joining park staff for a guided 5 Waterfall Challenge Hike!  Please wear appropriate hiking footwear, bring water, sunscreen and snacks as desired.  We will coordinate carpooling to the Lower Cascades and Tory's Falls, outer areas at the beginning of our hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

On June 2, 2018 Haw River State Park celebrates National Trails Day.  Share an adventure as we make new friends along the 3.2 mile-long Great Blue Heron Loop trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately two hours to complete.  In case of bad weather, please call the park office at 336-342-6163 to confirm program has not been rescheduled. 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Parking lot at Iron Ore Belt Access.

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along our Soundside Nature Trail  and discuss the interesting habitats of barrier islands.  Meet at the sound access parking area on W. Soundside Rd.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on W. Soundside Road

Come fishing with a Park Ranger at Morse Park in the beautiful Town of Lake Lure. All fishing will be done on the lake and is appropriate for all ages. Equipment will be provided, no fishing license is required, and this event is free! Meet at 2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746 and look for the white State Park truck.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Morse Park, Lake Lure NC

Join Ranger Jess for a hike out to Davies' pond and back on Loblolly trail. Please wear appropriate hiking attire and bring water. Limited to 10 participants Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Located off Interstate 40 Exit 287/Harrison Ave, Cary)

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 Jun 29 2018.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a stroll on the beach with a Park Ranger to see what we can find.  We’ll be hunting for everything from drift beans to sea glass, and of course seashells.  Sunscreen and water are recommended.  Distance of the hike will depend on the weather and the group.  Meet at the Bathhouse.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on June, July on the second Friday until Sat Jul 14 2018.
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Beach Access Bathhouse

Join a park ranger on this half-mile hike to locate and identify the different reptile species that inhabit the woods here at Hammocks Beach State Park.

NOTE: Bug spray and proper hiking shoes are recommended.

 

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come join a park ranger as we celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by venturing into the park and discover the different aquatic ecosystems within the Haw River State Park.  While on the hike we will see wetlands, lakes, rivers and even vernal pools as well as the different plant and animal species that call them home.  The hike will be about an 1.5 miles and an easy difficulty.  Children must b

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
The Summit Conference Center - Main Lodge

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

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on April, May, June, July, August, September, October on the second Monday until Tue Oct 09 2018 except Mon Jul 09 2018. Also includes Mon Jun 25 2018, Mon Aug 27 2018, Mon Sep 24 2018.
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center