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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

Enjoy the evening ambience along the trails on this 1-mile night hike. Please bring one flashlight per family. This event is co-sponsored by Southern Pines Recreation and Parks.

Date of Event:
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 16, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

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 month on January, February, March, October, November, December on the third Thursday until Fri Mar 20 2020.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

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 30, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

All ages welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Put the turkey leg down and hit the trail. We will be hiking the Mallard Creek Loop Trail which is approximately 1.25 miles long. Bring water, binoculars and wear sturdy footwear. Meet in the last parking lot.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Last 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, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

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, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area