Happy 100th Birthday NC State Parks
Hike, fish, learn and gaze at the stars during this centennial celebration
Images by Micki Bare
North Carolina's state parks are celebrating the big 100. To mark the occasion, lots of events are planned at Pilot Mountain State Park, one of the Triad's most adored state parks. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. with park rangers and members of a Moravian brass band. The group will present information on the Great Wagon Road and how important the unique mountain's landmark was in guiding settlers. There will also be a live performance of traditional Moravian brass band music.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors have the opportunity to celebrate both the centennial and National Fishing and Boating Week. A free fishing derby will be held at the Pilot Creek Access. The area will be stocked by fish by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission just for this event. And the best part is you will not need a fishing license for this event.
For those who relish in the opportunity to walk amongst nature's beauty, there will be an opportunity to celebrate National Trails Day by participating in the Centennial Celebration Mountain Trail Hike, which begins at the park office at 2 p.m. The friends' group of Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks, as well as Friends' of Sauratown Mountains, will be leading the hike on the newly completed Mountain Trail. The hike is moderate in difficulty as it winds for 6 miles through the park. The hike is expected to last about three hours.
More music is on tap for the sunset program. At 6 p.m., visitors are encouraged to gather in the summit parking lot for folk music, a presentation and an easy walk over to Little Pinnacle Overlook. That's where everyone will have a great view of the sunset.
While you are enjoying the celebration, be sure to stop by the Piedmont Parent booth, where you'll be able to register for the Fit Family Challenge, receive bonus points and pick up some fun freebies. And don't forget to log those walking and hiking minutes on the Fit Family Challenge Tracker.
For more information on the NC State Parks centennial celebration, visit ncparks.gov.