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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

Children and their families join a Ranger for a guided hike on our Balsam Trail and earn a Jr. Ranger Badge. Perfect for ages 6 to 12.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Outside Summit Gift Shop

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 27 2019.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Spiders are probably one of the most feared and misunderstood critters in the natural world. Let’s unwind some of that confusion with a 1-mile hike where we’ll weave through different myths along the trail while searching for wild webs. This program is suitable for all ages and for both those who love and loathe spiders.

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

All ages welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

2019 is the Year of the Snake for North Carolina State Parks!

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area