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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

2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake

Good morning, Carvers Creek. Start your day off on the right foot. Join Assistant Park Ranger Kathy on an easy 3-mile journey with the rising sun to explore picturesque scenery and a variety of wildlife.  Spending time outside in nature has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. It has been proven to reduce stress, sharpen your concentration and extend life expectancy.

Date of Event:
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Welcome Center
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

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. Note: Program is subject to cancellation due to the weather.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
visitor center
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Do you know what raptors can be found at the Eno? On this hike we'll learn about these birds of prey, and the hawks, vultures, and owls found at the Eno.

All ages welcome

If you have binoculars, feel free to bring them.
Bring water, dress for the weather

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Fews Ford Parking Loop
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham
Date of Event:
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Park Office Porch
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Come out to the park on the first Sunday each month with your doggies and enjoy this ranger-guided hike along one of 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 Visitor Center.

Trail: approximately 2 miles, easy

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Enjoy a ranger-guided boat ride 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 in the winter and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs!  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!  Subject to cancellation due to the weather.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham
Date of Event:
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Fews Ford Picnic Tables
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Description: Join a Ranger on a hike out to the Fanny Breeze homestead, with a small history lesson on Fanny Breeze herself, an ex-slave who lived along the Eno River and was a big part of the Eno River valley. Hike is approximately 3 miles so bring some water and hiking shoes

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!
 

Date of Event:
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 1:30pm
Start Location:
Fews Ford Parking Loop
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro

Join a park ranger on this boat ride to one of our historic island treasures- Huggins Island.  You will learn about the diverse history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  A great chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortifications and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!  NOTE: Subject to cancellat

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center