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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

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead

Meet at the swim beach parking lot to join a ranger on a leisurely stroll along the Live Oak Trail. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Second Parking Lot

Wild creatures are usually seen at dawn or dusk. Some animals, when living in close proximity to people, have adapted their behavior to avoid encounters with humans.  We'll discuss the definition of "Nocturnal" and explore the wonders of wildlife activities at night as you join a ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42-mile Piedmont Loop Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approxi

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

Juncos and kinglets and sapsuckers, oh my! Come join us for an afternoon bird walk to learn about which feathered friends from the north will be spending their winter with us.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join the Friends as we explore a new trail in the park!  This moderate two-mile round trip hike will lead the Friends to the top of Eagle Rock and down part of the new Weed Patch Mountain Trail through a large rock tunnel at the base of Eagle Rock.  On this hike you can see excellent views of the North Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain as well as parts of Rumbling Bald Resort.  Meet Ranger Scheip

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

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 Sun Feb 24 2019.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Enjoy an afternoon hike to one of Pettigrew State Parks' most popular historical landmarks. We will be hiking to the Pettigrew Family Cemetery. Along the way, we will discover some of Pettigrew's most scenic spots and maybe even catch a glimpse of some of our local wildlife. Be prepared for a 3 mile hike and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Join a park ranger for a hike and learn how to ID different birds along the trail. Bring water and be prepared for the weather.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Beaverdam Duck Cove Trail

Join us for a 1-mile hike through the wetlands of Weymouth Woods to visit areas frequented by one of North America’s most beautiful and
unique ducks.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center