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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

As the weather warms up, the wetlands come alive with the calls of frogs and toads.  This fun hands-on hour-long program gives little one’s ages six and under a chance to learn about our hopping friends of the water.  We’ll start with a story, watch and handle live frogs and toads and then take a walk down to the wetlands to set our critters free.  And of course, older siblings are welcome.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Apr 28 2018.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike on the park’s 350 and Bird trails. The trails are moderate, and will take hikers through remote forest of hardwoods and pine. The trail also passes by the Neuse River. Dogs are welcome!
 
This hike is part of the Hike NC! initiative.  Learn more at http://gohikenc.com

Date of Event:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Overlook Parking Lot

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 month on January, February, March, April on the third Thursday until Mon Apr 23 2018.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out to see the stars at Haw River State Park! There will be star games and activities appropriate for all ages. The evening will include a Solar System night hike to the upper meadow for a campfire, story- time with” mars” mallow treats and night sky viewing presented by the Greensboro Astronomy Club.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

Join a Park Ranger for a wildflower walk along the Jacob Fork River.  These moderate hikes will begin at the Jacob Fork Parking Area and last approximately one hour.  Each hike will be about 0.75 miles long.  Current blooming wildflowers and other flora will be identified on this walk.
 
 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 28 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Area

Join a Ranger on a gentle hike along the New River at the 221 access to learn about were the water meets the land.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
US HWy 221 Access - Lower Parking Lot

April is National Frog Month.  Join a park ranger as we take the spur path to the wetlands board walk and hike to the Haw River.  Once there we will look for frogs in their natural habitat and learn some frog-tastic fun facts.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour to complete.  Adults are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park o

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center.

Join a park ranger on Earth Day for this is a once-in-a-lifetime hike through the Bat Cave Preserve.  With special permission from our neighboring land trust, The Nature Conservancy, we will hike up to the blowholes and Little Bat Cave (waiver forms will be provided). To help protect the bats and Batman’s secret lair, we will not be entering any caves. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Contact state park office at 828-625-1823 for more information.

The 10K Women Trail Project, launched by Hike It Baby and sponsored by REI, is an initiative to get women and girls on trails across the United States.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Overlook Parking Lot