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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

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, October 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Celebrate Fall with a Ranger led hike along Commissary trail. This moderate trail offers the view of a lifetime. Hikers be prepared for a 2.4 mile hike. Please bring plenty of water and dress for cold mountain temperatures. 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

This series of guided hikes is sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers.  These hikes take you into back country areas where access is limited.  The hikes are free for current Friends members.  Chimney Rock State Park annual passholders may attend for a donation. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

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 26, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Come out for a fun Halloween hike at the park. While on our hike we will learn about some nighttime animals and some animals associated with Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but remember to wear your walking shoes! This hike will occur Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, for those who don’t want to venture out in the dark.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Lake Parking Lot

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 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Come out for a fun Halloween hike at the park. While on our hike we will learn about some nighttime animals and some animals associated with Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but remember to wear your walking shoes! This hike will occur Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, for those who don’t want to venture out in the dark.

Date of Event:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Parking Lot

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, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

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:
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The end of Nature Trail Lane in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area

Join the ranger for an easy walk along our beautiful little footpath that winds through the woods past the remains of old liquor stills. Deer and turkey are frequently spotted along this trail. Check out the fall colors! At the halfway point, you'll see the lighter boat replica at Cross Canal. Beginner-friendly hike! Leashed pets welcome also.

Date of Event:
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center