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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

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, December 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This series of guided hikes is sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers.  These hikes take you into back country areas where access is limited.  The hikes are free for current Friends members.  Chimney Rock State Park annual passholders may attend for a donation. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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 Sat Feb 29 2020.
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Join a park ranger for a hike to discuss the benefits of prescribed fire and how we use it in a park setting. Be prepared to be outside, bring water and wear closed toe shoes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Duck Cove Trail in Beaverdam State Recreation 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, December 28, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Come out and enjoy the first day of the year at Goose Creek State Park. Start off the new year with a hike along the Pamlico River while looking for waterfowl and other wildlife along the way. Dress for the weather and meet in the last parking lot on the main park road.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Last Parking Lot

Bring in the new year hiking the trails at Lake Phelps. Whether you’re interested in starting a New Year resolution of fitness, nature appreciation or learning about the environment, make hiking at Pettigrew State Park one of your family traditions.  Meet at the park office at 1:00 p.m. to start this program.  Call the park office for more information at 252-797-4475.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

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, January 4, 2020 - 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, January 11, 2020 - 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, January 13, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center