Upcoming Events at North Carolina State Parks


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Don't let winter keep you inside! Grab a hat, coat and gloves and explore one of North Carolina's State Parks at these upcoming events. Here, we've listed upcoming events at state parks that are a short drive from the Triad. For even more events throughout the state, be sure to visit the North Carolina State Parks website.

Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury

Jan. 29
Silent Hike
Join a ranger at 2 p.m. to hike the Riverbluffs Trail. It is a flat and easy 1.3-mile loop trail that begins and ends at 1258 Flinchum Road at the river access parking lot. No need to preregister. Hike is expected to take about one hour. This hike is meant to be a post-holiday, post-election silent hike. No phones allowed. No dogs allowed. No talking. No ear buds. No cameras.
There will be a planned stop at the “play wave” to throw rocks into the river. Other stops will be to smell mountain mint and beefsteak plant and to observe lycopodium spores.

Morrow Mountain

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

Feb. 18
Photography Stroll

10 a.m. Bring your camera and join us on a 0.8-mile leisurely photography walk along Lake Tillery. Two park staff photographers will lead the hike sharing tips for best capturing the natural landscapes, wildlife and habitats in our state parks. Meet at the boathouse parking lot on Three Rivers Trail.

Pilot Mountain State Park

1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle

Jan. 22
Ivy Bluffs Winter Bird Hike

9-11 a.m. Meet with a park ranger at the end of Shoals road in the Yadkin River Section for a walk along the Yadkin River to find some winter migrants and enjoy good views of the Yadkin River from the bluffs.

Feb. 4, Feb. 19
Jomeokee Hike

10-11 a.m. Meet with a park ranger at the Summit Area display board located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot.  We will be hiking along the Jomeokee Trail.  Learn about the park's history, geology and the local flora and fauna.

Feb. 10
Mountain Trail Hike

1:30-4:30 p.m. Join a park ranger for a trek around Pilot Mountain. Learn about the history of N.C. State Parks, history of Pilot Mountain and a variety of natural history topics along the way!  Meet at the park office. This is a 5.5-mile hike that is moderate in difficulty.

Feb. 12
Intro to Map and Compass

11 a.m.-noon. Join a Park Ranger and learn the basics of using a map and compass. Meet in the campground near the registration kiosk.  Maps and compasses will be provided, but feel free to bring your own compass.  Please dress for the weather.

Feb. 18
Astronomy Program

6-10 p.m. Join Park Rangers and members of Forsyth Astronomy to celebrate NC State Parks Week by looking up to the stars. Telescopes will be provided for public use if available. You can bring your own telescope and binoculars. The viewing will take place in the summit area after dark, weather permitting. Rain date Feb. 25.

Feb. 24
Nocturnal Hike

5-6 p.m. Meet with a park ranger at the start of the Jomeokee Trail to experience our most popular trail as the sun begins to go down and our nocturnal animals emerge. We will try to listen and find some of our most elusive species such as owls, coyotes, bobcats, and more.  Please bring your own flashlight (preferably red), dress for the weather and be prepared to turn on your night vision.

Feb. 25
Bird Feeder Craft & Walk at Horne Creek Farm

10-11 a.m. Join staff of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm and a park ranger to make a bird feeder in a fun craft for kids and all ages. Then join a park ranger to walk the grounds of the historical farm and identify some of our winter bird residents.  Please register at hornecreek@ncdcr.gov or call 336-325-2298.  Cost for the program is $10 (+ tax), and pre-registration required.

Feb. 26
Ecology Hike
Noon-1 p.m. Meet with a park ranger at the TRACK Trail/Sassafras Trail located on the upper side of the Summit Area parking lot near the restroom. This is a 0.3-miles, hike round trip and will be discussing the benefits of fire in Pilot Mountain’s landscape.

Stone Mountain State Park

3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap

Jan. 27
Scavenger Hunt

3 p.m. Join a ranger for a fun environmental scavenger hunt. Start location: A Loop Washouse in the A Loop of the Family Campground.

Jan. 28
All About Opossums
2 p.m. Meet a ranger at the visitor center for a talk on one of the most unique animals in North America, the Virginia Opossum.


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