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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

300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Celebrate Thanksgiving by hiking the dunes with a ranger.  Let us give thanks for North Carolina's natural areas.

Date of Event:
Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  Take in the view. It will be a lasting memory.  

Date of Event:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  Learn more about the park's natural world.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Friday, November 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)
300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  Take in the view. It will be a lasting memory.  

Date of Event:
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Shelter #3
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

If are ready for an adventure here’s a great opportunity to visit the “River Section” of Lake James State park. Park Ranger Clay will be meeting a group of adventurous hikers to the Old Catawba River to search for aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. The wetland habitat in this area is rich in biodiversity and rarely visited by humans.

Date of Event:
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Canal Bridge Boat Access
7321 N.C. 126, Nebo

This event is being hosted by the Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail:

Meet at new Lake James State Park Visitor Center off Lake James State Park Road - Nebo at 9 AM. We will "learn" from a State Park Ranger and then "hike" across the 250 foot Cove Bridge for an out and back of Long Arm Peninsula for about a 3-mile total. After, we will have lunch together in the area.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Park Visitor Center at Paddys Creek Area
2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.  Social distanc should be maintained and face coverings are incuraged. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December on the second Monday until Tue Dec 14 2021 except Mon Jul 12 2021. Also includes Mon Jun 28 2021, Mon Jul 26 2021, Mon Aug 23 2021.
Monday, December 13, 2021 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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 September, October, November, December on the third Thursday until Fri Dec 17 2021.
Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at the Flytrap Trail 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. Meet at the Flytrap Trail Parking Lot at the end of Nature Trail Lane. This program is a lot like the Carnivorous Plant Hike.

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 8:30pm
Start Location:
Venus Flytrap Trail