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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

This fall come up to the mountain and enjoy the views and hike along the ridgeline with a ranger. We will be presenting a basic geology hike. This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with the local geology and experience this mountain's story. We will be on the ridgeline for most of this one mile hike. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring a jacket too.

 

 

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area

Come out for a fun Halloween hike at the park. While on our hike we will learn about some nighttime animals and some animals associated with Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but remember to wear your walking shoes! This hike will occur Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, for those who don’t want to venture out in the dark.

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Parking Lot

Join a ranger for a leisurely walk exploring the sound side nature trail and look for signs that our nocturnal animals leave behind or possibly spot one still foraging in the daylight. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. Meets in the sound side access parking lot off Soundside Road. 

Date of Event:
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Sound side access parking lot

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.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 29 2020.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Meet at the primitive campground parking lot to hike a portion of the Ivy Gut trail. We will get to check out the great views overlooking Goose Creek. This hike is approximately one mile. Bring water and wear sturdy footwear.

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Primitive Campground Parking Lot

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.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:
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Join the ranger for an easy walk along our beautiful little footpath that winds through the woods past the remains of old liquor stills. Deer and turkey are frequently spotted along this trail. Check out the fall colors! At the halfway point, you'll see the lighter boat replica at Cross Canal. Beginner-friendly hike! Leashed pets welcome also.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out for a hike along the Mayo River and Fall Creek, ending at Fall Creek Falls.  We will meet at at the Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot (Latitude 36.511, Longitude -79.9831) at 1pm.  Please wear sturdy shoes, wear clothing appropriate for existing weather conditions, and bring along your own drinking water.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot

This holiday weekend, join us for a hike to commemorate our veterans and honor their service and sacrifices. Everyone is welcome on this 2-mile hike, and be sure to invite your favorite veterans!

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, September, October, November, December on the second Monday until Tue May 12 2020. Also includes Mon Sep 23 2019.
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center