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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

Dismal Swamp State Park is turning 10 years old this year! That's right...we've been around for a decade already. Come out and join us for a hike to celebrate. Learn a bit of park history and log some miles for your NC 100 Mile Challenge.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Celebrate St. Patricks Day with a 2 mile hike around the Colman Trail.  Meet at the Coleman Trailhead at 1:00 pm.  Please dress for conditions and wear sturdy shoes.  Things you could  bring include water, bug spray, and binoculars.  Don't forget to wear Green!

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Coleman Trailhead

100 miles … can you do it? Many North Carolina Park visitors are trying to do just that; hike 100 miles in 2018. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike along the Paddy’s Creek and Holly Discovery Trails which will lead us along the banks of Lake James and Paddy’s Creek.

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Haw River State Park has partnered with Guilford Creek Week, to discover and learn about the importance of the health of our creeks, streams, rivers and waterways.  Join a park ranger for a hike down to wetlands as we discuss what makes wetland ecosystems so special and all the benefits they provide.  I
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

Join the 100 Mile Challenge!  North Carolina State Parks challenges you to complete 100 miles of physical activity through running, walking, biking, paddling, riding, swimming or rolling. Rack up some miles today and join a park ranger for a 3.2-mile hike around Weymouth Woods.  Track your progress on the website nc10

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

During this short hike you will get a chance to discover some of the birds that might be passing through during the busy migration season.  You never know what we will see!

OPTIONAL: bring a bird guide and/or binoculars if you have them.

 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us for the one mile hike on the first day of spring. We'll hike the loop of Soundside Nature Trail that traces through the shrub thicket and along Roanoke Sound. Along the way, we'll look for signs of spring and listen for returning ospreys.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access

Taking a night hike in the wetlands opens visitors up to a completely new experience, especially in the early spring.  We’ll listen for frog and toad calls, see if we can spot river otter or beaver and try to call in bard and screech owls.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

The 10K Women Trail Project, launched by Hike It Baby and sponsored by REI, is an initiative to get women and girls on trails across the United States.

Date of Event:
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Start out your spring with a walk through the woods! The trail is a 0.6 mile loop which welcomes hikers of any experience level. This ranger-led hike will be about the history, flora and fauna of Morrow Mountain. Dress appropriately for the weather and remember to bring water! We will meet in the parking lot past the pool at the entrance of the Quarry Trail.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Quarry Trail Parking Lot