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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

300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

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.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

 Enjoy our freedom by honoring our veterans with a hike to the ridge.  Join a ranger and learn more aout the park.  

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

It has been many weeks since members of the public have had the opportunity to visit the historic cemetery on Long Arm Peninsula. Before the area became part of Lake James State Park in 2005 it was long held in private ownership. As new park facilities are developed to access and enjoy this beautiful area, the park staff is excited to provide a rare opportunity to walk among the tombstones.

Date of Event:
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

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.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  The panoramic view will be memorable. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

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 September, October, November, December on the third Thursday until Fri Dec 17 2021.
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

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.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Want to hike the ridge under a full moon?  Take a stroll with a ranger and experience the park after dark.  The classic campfire tradition of s'mores will be available after the hike.  Treats provided by the Friends of Jockey's Ridge.  Preregistration is required.  There is a maximum of 15 participants.  
(252) 441-7132

Date of Event:
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  The panoramic view will be memorable. 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

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.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)