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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

1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Join us on a 1.5-mile guided hike on the Paint Hill tract to find the rare Sandhills Pyxie-moss, a species only known to exist in a handful of counties in the Carolinas! *Meet over at the Paint Hill Tract at the end of Stoneyfield Dr.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Paint Hill Tract - Stoneyfield Dr. Access
1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Come experience the dark side of Weymouth Woods, that is, on a night hike. Enjoy the trails by starlight and learn how nocturnal animals of all shapes and sizes navigate their dark world, and how human senses compare. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

Join a Park Ranger at 10:00 a.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area 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. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 29 2020.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area
49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

Come explore the Morrow Mountain Loop Trail with a ranger and earn your very own Morrow Mountain Junior Ranger badge. We will learn about the park’s geological history. After all our junior rangers are sworn in everyone will be able to enter Morrow Mountain’s Junior Ranger raffle for a chance to win a Junior Ranger REI Coop backpack and tent.

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Shelter A
176 Millpond Road, Gatesville

Meet at the Coleman trail head at 10:00 am to enjoy the last of winter! We will be hiking a 2 mile loop and looking for signs of animals. For more information feel free to contact park staff at 252-357-1191. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Coleman Trail
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Join the Naturalist for a hike to check for early spring wildflowers including Trout Lilys, Spring Beauties, and Hepaticas.

 

1.5 miles, moderate

Ages 6 and up

Bring water

Date of Event:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1:30pm
Start Location:
Pump Station Trailhead
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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.  Meet at the end of Nature Trail Lane at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 910-458-8206.
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 30 2020.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
End of Nature Trail Lane
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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.  Meet at the end of Nature Trail Lane at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 910-458-8206.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
End of Nature Trail Lane
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach

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.  Meet at the end of Nature Trail Lane at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call 910-458-8206.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
End of Nature Trail Lane
2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach

Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December on the second Monday until Tue May 12 2020. Also includes Mon Sep 23 2019.
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center