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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

Join a ranger for an easy nature hike and discover some plants and animals that live in Lake Norman State Park. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Spring into Action! Join an Environmental Educator at the Lake Bathhouse to hike a variety of trails to total 5k (3.1 miles), stopping briefly along the way for "nature spotlights." We will enjoy the Nature Trail, the Lake Trail, the Upper Cascades Trail, and scenic pathways in between. The entire 5k Hike is rated easy.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Lake Bathhouse

Come out for a hike along the Mayo River and Fall Creek, ending at Fall Creek Falls.  We will meet at at the Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot (Latitude 36.5411, Longitute -79.9830) at 1pm.  Please wear sturdy shoes, wear clothing appropriate for existing weather conditions, and bring along your own drinking water.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot

Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the 3.2-mile Great Blue Heron Loop Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and will take a couple of hours to complete.  You are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on own depending on your walking speed.  This hike is a part of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Hike NC initiative. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Parking lot at Iron Ore Belt Access.

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, March 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

From our vast coastline to our high mountain peaks, North Carolina is home to a diversity of habitats that support hundreds of species and other wildlife.  Haw River State Park is one of many parks that are part of the North Carolina Birding Trail which is a partnership between six organizations: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Audubon NC, NC Sea Grant, US Fish and Wildlife, NC State Universi

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Start Location:
The parking lot at Iron Ore Belt Access

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along Soundside Nature Trail to explore the coastal habitats of North Carolina.  Meet at the sound access parking area on West Soundside Road. Bring water and  snacks. Sections of the trail are open areas, bring hat and sunscreen. The hike is approximately one mile.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access - W. Soundside Road

Enjoy a boat ride over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina's hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and discover about some of nature's wonders and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs!  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881

Date of Event:
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Ranger for a walk along the remnants of the Bean Shoals Canal wall.  This failed project attempted to make the Bean Shoals navigable by small bateau in the 1820s.  Come hear the colorful story of this attempt to make the Yadkin a thoroughfare of commerce.  Duration – 1 hour, total distance 1 mile.  Meet at the Bean Shoals Canal Trail in the Bean Shoals Access of Pilot Mountain State Park

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Bean Shoals Canal Trail

Join the ranger for a kid-friendly guided hike along the park's TRACK Trail. If you are not familiar with the TRACK Trail program, you will learn what it is and how it works.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center