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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

Come join us to honor 2 special events!  To celebrate the 41st anniversary of the establishment of the Mountain to Sea Trail (MST) and National Grandparent's Day 2018, meet us in front of Jennette's Pier in Nags Head at 9:00 am for a hike.  It is a 5 mile hike on sand and sidewalk from the pier to Jockey's Ridge State Park which is a section of Leg 18 on the MST.  Preregistration required at 25

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Jennette's Pier in Nags Head

Join a Park Ranger for an easy walk to learn more about the Jacob Fork River.  We’ll talk about watersheds, common plants and animals, and water quality.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am.   
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on the second Saturday until Sat Oct 13 2018.
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

This strenuous 2.2 mile round trip bushwacking adventure will lead the Friends deep into the back country to the bottom of one of the most remote waterfalls in Hickory Nut Gorge, Pool Creek Falls.  There is no trail in this area, so be prepared for a difficult hike.  Meet at Superintendent Ledgerwood at the Ticket Plaza in the Chimney Rock Attraction 

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

Its Grandparent's Day! Everyone bring your Grandparents for a short hike down the Alder Trail and learn about the local plant and animal life. The hike is an easy 0.8 miles, with views of Pake Lake, Norwood Creek, and Hicks Creek.

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for an easy walk to learn more about the Jacob Fork River.  We’ll talk about watersheds, common plants and animals, and water quality.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am. 
 
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork 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 April, May, June, July, August, September, October on the second Monday until Tue Oct 09 2018. Also includes Mon Jun 25 2018, Mon Jul 23 2018, Mon Aug 27 2018, Mon Sep 24 2018.
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join Park Staff member Holly to explore the lower half of Sal's Branch Trail.  We'll start by Big Lake and go up to Switch Back road, and back down to the lake.  There's an old tobacco barn near there maybe we can find it.  

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

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 week every Thursday until Fri Sep 28 2018.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am
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 of birds and other wildlife.  Our unique geographic setting along the Atlantic coast flyway provides both breeding and wintering grounds for many birds, making North Carolina a premiere birding destination.  Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along a 1.42-m

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

Come find out what’s blooming this time of year on a 1.5-mile walk with a park ranger. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center