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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

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Kids in Parks program, we're holding the first annual 'National TRACK Trails Day' with events at TRACK Trails across the country
11:00am - Park Ranger will lead a Track Trail adventure at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access (no fee to access)

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Kids in Parks program, we're holding the first annual 'National TRACK Trails Day' with events at TRACK Trails across the country

12:30pm - Park staff will lead a family hike along the Great Woodland Adventure Trail inside the Chimney Rock Access (fee-based entry required)

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

August 24th will be the first annual 'National Track Trails Day' so come join a Ranger for a hike of the Coleman Trail! We will meet at the Boat Ramp at 1:00 PM and discuss the Kids in Parks program and Nature's Hide and Seek Track Program. The trail is an easy 2 mile loop and bring water, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent.

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boat Ramp

Join a ranger for a hike that engages your senses! We'll be exploring the park's industrial roots, our relationship with fire, and some of the wildlife that call Wayne County home.

Meet at the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Have you ever wanted to know more about mushrooms? There are hundreds of varieties of fungus growing around Lake James, with all sorts of fabulous fun facts associated with them. Human beings have a complicated relationship with wild mushrooms – some have medicinal uses, some are prized edibles, and some a deadly.

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Catawba River Area breezeway

Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike atop the highest point in area.   Even in the dog days of summer, we will enjoy the shade as the sun sinks over our western skies.  We will be hiking one of 200 TRACK Trails found all across the country.  The hike is also a celebration of National TRACK Trail Day in honor of its 10 years of encouraging kids to have fun learning in the Great Outdoors!

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Main Parking Area - Track Trailhead

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 27 2019.
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Join Ranger Musumarra for a guided hike on the Profile Trail to learn more about Grandfather Mountain State Park. We’ll walk approximately two miles, round trip and be out for about two hours. The terrain is moderate, sometimes steep and often muddy. Bring whatever snacks and water you need, and dress for the weather. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Join a Ranger and enjoy a short hike at Lake Norman State Park. We will hike the .8 mile Alder Trail which follows the shorelines of Norwood and Hicks Creek. Participants can expect to discover flora and fauna which call the park home. The hike will begin at 10:00 AM and will leave from the Visitor Center. For more information please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park rangers to step back in time to learn more about geology, its processes, and what makes Pilot Mountain unique.  Basic to advanced topics of geologic interest will be covered. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Jomeokee Trailhead