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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

625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Open your eyes and ears to the world of birds! Bring your binoculars and join the Naturalist on a 2 mile leisurely walk to see what birds we can find at Occoneechee Mountain. All birding levels are welcome!

 

2 miles, moderate

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Bring binoculars and water.

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Occoneechee 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 January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December on the third Thursday until Thu May 21 2020.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join a Ranger and the Naturalist for a hike along the Fanny’s Ford Trail. We’ll share the history of Fanny Breeze, who was a formerly enslaved person and a midwife, and visit the site of her home.

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Fews Ford Picnic Tables
2294 U.S. 17 N., South Mills

If you would like to learn how to identify tricky winter trees, come to this workshop to find out what other clues you can use to find out which tree is which!
**Dress for the weather—we will go outside for about 30 minutes!**

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain’s geologic wonders.  Explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist.
 
**Bring hiking shoes and water.
**Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot
2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington

Take a half-mile hike on the boardwalk and view a freshwater swamp that is transitioning to a brackish water marsh all without getting your feet wet.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough

It's the Year of Fire in NC State Parks! Join the Naturalist for this history hike along the Chestnut Oak Trail to learn about the history of controlled burns at Occoneechee Mountain.

 

1.5 miles, moderate

Ages 6 and up

Bring water.

Please call 919-383-1686 to register!

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Occoneechee Parking Lot
1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach

Join park staff as we hike the basin trail through maritime forest, back dune, and salt marsh habitat. The trail is approximately two miles and will pass the historic World War II bunker. We will take many stops along the way to learn about all the plants and animals that call this area home! Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room