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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 out and join a Ranger for our Blue Cross Blue Shield Hike NC. We will be exploring our fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem and the recently drained millpond that provides a glimpse of land-use history dating back to the 1800s. We will observe numerous native species to the Sandhills and visit some 200-year old longleaf pine trees with Red Cockaded Woodpecker cavities.

Date of Event:
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Welcome Center

Skip the lines and the shopping to join a Park Ranger while we #OPToutside and hike the Ledge Spring Trail.  Along the hike we will discuss the benefits of hiking, health benefits behind time outside, while exploring the Ledge Spring Trail and interpreting and enjoying nature along the way!  Meet at the summit parking area near the overlook at the end of the parking lot. 

Date of Event:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot

Hike away those holiday calories!  Join Park staff at Pettigrew State Park for a leisurely walk and learn about some of the park's interesting features.  Meet at the Park Office at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 23rd. Plan on a 1.5 mile hike. Call the park office for more information (252)797-4475.

Date of Event:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Wild creatures are usually seen at dawn or dusk. Some animals, when living in close proximity to people, have adapted their behavior to avoid encounters with humans.  We'll discuss the definition of "Nocturnal" and explore the wonders of wildlife activities at night as you join a ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42-mile Piedmont Loop Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approxi

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

Join the Friends as we explore a new trail in the park!  This moderate two-mile round trip hike will lead the Friends to the top of Eagle Rock and down part of the new Weed Patch Mountain Trail through a large rock tunnel at the base of Eagle Rock.  On this hike you can see excellent views of the North Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain as well as parts of Rumbling Bald Resort.  Meet Ranger Scheip

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

Enjoy an afternoon hike to one of Pettigrew State Parks' most popular historical landmarks. We will be hiking to the Pettigrew Family Cemetery. Along the way, we will discover some of Pettigrew's most scenic spots and maybe even catch a glimpse of some of our local wildlife. Be prepared for a 3 mile hike and dress for the weather.

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail, and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long.  Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area at 11:00 am for this easy one mile walk.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

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

Bring in the new year hiking the trails at Lake Phelps.  Take in some of the scenic views around the lake and discover why Pettigrew State Park is a popular destination for winter waterfowl viewing. Binoculars are recommended but not required. Meet at the park office at 1:00 p.m. to start this program.  Call the park office for more information at 252-797-4475.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Start the New Year on the right foot! Come and meet with a Park Ranger on the first day of the new year. Get some exercise in by hiking the strenuous Ledge Springs Trail. Led by a park ranger, we will hike this trail, discussing park history, local wildlife, geology, and interpreting anything else along the way! 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Summit Parking Lot