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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

Come fishing with a Park Ranger at Morse Park in the beautiful Town of Lake Lure. All fishing will be done on the lake and is appropriate for all ages. Equipment will be provided, no fishing license is required, and this event is free! Meet at 2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746 and look for the white State Park truck.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Morse Park, Town of Lake Lure, NC

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Jun 29 2018.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Just because the sun has gone down does not mean that nature has gone away with it.  Join a Park Ranger at the Crabtree/Hwy 70 entrance and discuss some of the nocturnal animals you can find in the park.  We will also talk about the science of the eye as it relates to nighttime, and a short story on the rich pirate history of North Carolina.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Crabtree Large Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Come join park staff on a 1.5 mile, out and back, moderate hike to see one of the many illegal liquor still sites in Stone Mountain State Park. Bring sturdy shoes for hiking.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Garden Creek Church Parking Area

Need to add a few miles to your log? Join a State Ranger at the visitor center off of Highway 221 in the New River State Park for a 2.4-mile hike. It is recommended to where sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Hwy 221 Access - Visitor Center

Come fishing with a Park Ranger at Morse Park in the beautiful Town of Lake Lure. All fishing will be done on the lake and is appropriate for all ages. Equipment will be provided, no fishing license is required, and this event is free! Meet at 2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746 and look for the white State Park truck.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Morse Park, Town of Lake Lure, NC

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon.  Hike will cover both trail and beach.

Date of Event:
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This strenuous 2-mile round trip hike up an old logging road will take the Friends to the top of Rumbling Bald Mountain to Party Rock, the source of the Party Rock Fire.  From here you can see excellent views of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and Hickory Nut Gorge.   

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on April, May, June, July, August, September, October on the second Monday until Tue Oct 09 2018 except Mon Jul 09 2018. Also includes Mon Jun 25 2018, Mon Aug 27 2018, Mon Sep 24 2018.
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along our Soundside Nature Trail  and discuss the interesting habitats of barrier islands.  Meet at the sound access parking area on W. Soundside Rd.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on W. Soundside Road