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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

1541 Medoc State Park Road, Hollister

Start the new year with some fresh air on a 2-mile guided hike along our Stream Loop and Discovery Trails.  We'll share some unique New Years traditions from all around the world as we walk along Little Fishing Creek.  

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter, Stream Loop Trailhead
1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Start the year off right by getting outside for a First Day Hike! Enjoy an easy 2-mile hike with a Ranger to see the different habitats within the longleaf pine forest. Come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
5564 Meat Camp Road, Todd

Come start the new year with gentle but bracing hike around the Beech Tree Trail.  This one mile hike at 4600 feet will be just enough to put roses in your cheeks and be a positive start to the new year.  Stop by the park office afterwards for hot chocolate or apple cider.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Trailhead Parking Lot
2388 N.C. 128, Burnsville

Join us at Mt. Mitchell State Park and opt outside on New Year's Day for a strenous hike atop the Black Mountains ridgeline to Mount Craig.  Along the way learn about the unique high alpine environment that is more similar to Canada or Upstate New York, the flora and fauna found here, and what we Park Rangers do during the winter time.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Deep Gap Trail Head in the Picnic Area of the Lower Summit Parking Lot
9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk

Kick off the New Year with a bit of fresh air and exercise! Join Ranger Appling for a stroll along the lower Profile Trail for an unforgettable winter hike. This section of the trail is moderate and hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring any water and snacks you may need and dress appropriately for the weather.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 N. Hwy 105)
759 State Park Road, Troutman

Join a Park Ranger for a First Day Hike at Lake Norman State Park. The hike will begin at 1:00 PM at the Lake Shore Trailhead on Shortleaf Drive. Participants can expect to discover flora and fauna which call the park home during the winter months. The hike will be approximately 3 miles in length, so plan accordingly with comfortable shoes and plenty of water. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Shore Trailhead, 193 Shortleaf Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain

The Friends of Crowders Mountain State Park is hosting a First Day Hike for families! This guided hike will start at the Boulders Access Area and go up to the Boulders Overlook Area. It is 1.25 miles one way for a round trip of 2.5 miles. The hike starts at 1:00 p.m. and will finish around 2:30 p.m. Join us start the New Year on the right foot!

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Boulders Access Area
2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum

Join us for a guided hike on New Year's Day to kick off 2020 the right way! Hikers will enjoy a striking mixed-pine hardwood forest while learning about local flora and fauna from experienced park rangers. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Chalk Banks Access Area Entrance
1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines

Start the year off right by getting outside for a First Day Hike! We’ll check out one of Weymouth Woods’ satellite properties, the Paint Hill tract, on this easy 1.5-mile hike. This property has more elevation change than much of the Sandhills, as well as a rare plant called Pyxie-moss that blooms in winter.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Stoneyfield Drive Access - Paint Hill Tract
6707 N.C. 53 E., Kelly

Call the park office to sign up for this event. (910-669-2928)
Meet at the CCC Statue at Camp Ipecac at 4:00pm and join the ranger for an easy 1 mile loop hike.
Don't forget your camera as we will hopefully catch a spectacular sunset at the end of the hike.  
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
CCC Statue at Camp Ipecac