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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

For the first time day of 2019, everyone is invited to hike up Chimney Rock Park Road!
The Park Superintendent will lead an informative discussion about the park's history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning, FREE entry!

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park - Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café

Start the New Year on the right foot! Come and meet with a Park Ranger on the first day of the new year. During the easy .8 hike on Jomeokee Trail, we will be discussing the park's history, geology and local flora and fauna. 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Come out and enjoy the first day of the year at Goose Creek State Park. Start off the 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 road.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Last Parking Lot on Main Road

Start the new year off with a hike in your favorite state park. Fort Macon will be offering 2 rangers led hikes this year, both starting at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center. One hike will be 3.3 miles on the Elliott Coues Trail.  The other will be a shorter ¾-mile nature hike on the Yarrow’s Loop Trail and inlet beach.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James. Meet Park Ranger Jamie Cameron for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Join Park Rangers Alyssa Coburn and Neal Wilcox for a casual hike from the park visitor center to the Bearwallow Overlook and then down to the Upper Bearwallow Falls observation deck. This moderate, 2-mile hike is great for the whole family. Hikers will get to see several great views, a waterfall, as well as the park's LEED-certified Visitor Center. The walk will start at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Gorges State Park Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger on this two-hour hike to discover some of the natural wonders of this prominent landmark! First Day Hikes are being promoted in North Carolina in concert with a national effort by America’s State Parks and the National Association of State Park Directors. The effort promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as appreciation of natural resources. Dress for the weather!

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

It’s a new year and celebrate it with a FIRST DAY HIKE at Hammocks Beach State Park!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to explore the park with a ranger along the 1/2-mile nature trail discovering new sights and sounds and taking in the fresh air.  You never know what you may come across — a deer, a soaring eagle, or even a slithering snake!  Bring your family, bring your friends to rin

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a guided hike around the Quarry Trail for the First Day Hike initiative (0.8 miles). First Day Hike is America’s State Parks country wide program to get people outdoors on New Year’s Day. We will be learning about our unique geology and the Civilian Conservation Corps. How do the two relate? They are both the foundation of Morrow Mountain State Park.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Quarry Trail

Start the new year off by taking a hike at the mountain!

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:30am
Start Location:
TBD