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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

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Take a hike to learn about snakes and hopefully find some!

Limit: 15
Bring water and proper footwear for a hike
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686
 

Date of Event:
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Fews Ford Access- Piper Cox House
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Join a Ranger for a quick hike uphill to the overlook to enjoy the sunset.

Limit: 15
Bring water and proper footwear for a hike
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686

 

Date of Event:
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail for a hike along the trails. We will discuss the different types of carnivorous plants we have including the Venus Flytrap. Also, 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.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 06 2021.
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach

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. 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room
2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake

Tour the Rockefeller house at night and experience the spooky adventure of exploring a house that is rumored to be haunted. Feel free to dress up in your Halloween outfit and bring flashlights. We will meet on the left side of the Rockefeller house and discuss a brief history before we test your bravery by entering the house.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Rain Shelter
358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs

Ever wonder what bird is making that 'noise' and why or was that even a bird that made that 'noise'? Join park staff on a 2 mile birding and nature hike every Sunday to explore and learn more about one of North Carolina's most unique and beautiful natural resources. Please bring your own binoculars and plenty of questions!  

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Oct 31 2021.
Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Wagoner Access - Ranger Station
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Wear your costumes and go on an easy hike. We might even see something spooky!

Limit: 15
Bring water and proper footwear for a hike
Call the Park Office to sign up: 919-383-1686
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Fews Ford Park Office
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come down to the park in your costumes (if you want) and join a ranger on this Halloween-themed nature hike!  You will hear about some of our “ghoulish” animals that are not as spooky and creepy as you may think.  A cauldron of fun!  Meet at the trailhead.

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

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Nature Trail
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  The panoramic view will be memorable. 

Date of Event:
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter #3
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  Learn more about the park's natural world.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158