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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

Come Join a Park Ranger on a hike along Cox mountain trail and see what the Eno has to offer!

Call the office to sign up -- space is limited to 10!            
 
Bring good hiking shoes, drinking water, and be ready for it to be warm outside.

Social Distance and wear a mask
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Few's Ford Picnic Shelter
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Join a ranger for a morning walk on the Soundside Nature Trail. This is an easy 1-mile hike through maritime thicket habitat. We will look for signs of wildlife and talk about the vegetation along the way. This program is approximately 45 minutes. Due to Covid Restrictions there is a ten-person max and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park Office at 252-441-7132 to register.

Date of Event:
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Parking Lot
9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk

All hikes will be slow paced on natural surface trails, cover less than three miles and last two to three hours.  All participants must wear masks or face coverings, come wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and please leave pets at home.  This is appropriate for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please RSVP for hikes by phone 828-963-9522 or at

Date of Event:
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork parking area of Blue Ridge Parkway MP 299.9 (Tanawha and Nuwati Trails)
339 Conference Center Drive, Browns Summit

Also called Shinrin Yoku, forest bathing is the Japanese practice of connecting with nature to promoe relaxation. Come engage your senses and immerse yourself in the forest with us!
Free of charge. Reservations Required.
Contact 336-342-6181/hawriver.program@ncparks.gov

Date of Event:
Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri May 07 2021. Also includes Thu Apr 22 2021, Thu Apr 29 2021, Thu May 06 2021.
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Summit Environmental Education Center at Haw River State Park
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Join the CNC Coastal Plain Team and participate in the City Nature Challenge.  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.  This program supports both the City Nature Challenge Coastal Plain and ecoExplore.  Please visit citynaturechallenge.org and ecoexplore.net for details on these fantastic programs.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Access parking area, Soundside Road
500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan

Come out and hike with a Park Ranger at the Hickory Creek Access from a ridgeline down to the Mayo River.  The hike will start at the end of Tyne Road.  Wear sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for existing weather conditions.  Bring your own drinking water.   Remember to wear a mask, and to keep an appropriate distance from others.  Please contact the park office at (336) 427-2530 to sign up

Date of Event:
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Hickory Creek Access
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Join a Ranger for a ~2 mile hike at Occoneechee to view the mountain laurel while it is (hopefully, maybe, possibly?) in full bloom. We will hike sections of different trails to learn more about the montane species of plants that call Occoneechee Mountain home. 

Date of Event:
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Parking Lot
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, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail
49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

The Uwharrie Mountains are one of the oldest mountains in North America. While they are small today, some people believe they were once as high as the Rockies! Join a ranger for a guided hike and we will talk about the interesting geology and history of the area. Email alden.early@ncparks.gov to save your spot. Masks required.

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Museum Parking Lot
339 Conference Center Drive, Browns Summit

Have you ever felt relaxed while listening to a babbling stream, feeling sunshine on your face, watching dappled sunlight on the forest floor, or smelling the fresh scent of pine trees? We innately feel less stressed in nature, but did you know there is growing scientific evidence to explain how nature can positively impact our physiological and psychological systems?

Date of Event:
Repeats every week until Fri May 07 2021.
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
The Summit Center