We have a season-appropriate forecast for the weekend: partly sunny with temperatures in the upper 50s! Perfect for getting out and exploring. Perfect for:
Spring Hike, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, Seven Springs, Saturday, 1 p.m. Spring comes even sooner on the coastal plain, so expect an extra-special treat on this 1-mile hike through a longleaf pine forest. The trail is flat, suitable for a range of hiking abilities. Learn more and sign up here.
Night Hike with a Ranger, Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Here’s a plan: arrive at Hanging Rock mid-afternoon, hike up to Hanging Rock or Moore’s Knob and enjoy the view, hike down to the falls. Then, stick around for a short, ranger-led night hike. Promises the website: “We will discuss nocturnal animals and play a few games.” Learn more and sign up here.
Willie Duke’s Bluff Wildflowers hike, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, Durham, Sunday, 2 p.m. Every spring Sunday afternoon for the past half century — yup, 50 years — the Eno River Association has led hikes in search of spring throughout the Eno River Valley. This week: Penny’s Bend, which includes: Dutchman’s Breeches, the rare Eastern False Rue Anemone, Bloodroot, and both the Southern or Dimpled Troutlily “and its northern, tetraploid counterpart.” Learn more and sign up here.
As always, you can find more opportunities this weekend here:
- North Carolina State Parks have a variety of adventures planned for the weekend. Check those options here.
- North Carolina Environmental Education Centers has an extensive calendar of what’s happening at its affiliates; check it out here.
- You can also find more adventures right here, at GetGoingNC.com
GetHiking! this weekend
What are we up to this weekend? Lots!
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Big Schloss and Tibbett Knob,Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m. Great Outdoor Provision Co., Virginia Beach. Moderately strenuous. 7.2-miles. Hike highlights: Mill Mountain Trail, Big Schloss Trail, Tibbett Knob trail. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Hike the Monticello Trail,Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. Monticello Trail, Charlottesville. Easy. 5 mile hike through lush woods. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Hazel Falls and Caves, Sunday, March 17, 9 a.m. Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville. Moderately difficult. 5.2-mile hike exploring Hazel Falls and a few caves. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Rockfish Gap to Bear Den, Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. King’s Gourmet Popcorn, Afton. Moderately Strenuous. 9 to 10 mile hike to the summit of Bear Den Mountain. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Albright Loop, Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. King’s Gourmet Popcorn, Afton. Easy. 4.5-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail and Albright Loop Trail. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Pleasant Grove Park,Sunday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. Sticks Kebob Park, Charlottesville. Easy. 4.5-mile hike through open meadows to access to the Rivanna River. Learn more here.
Live the video
This week, we borrow from scenes from a sunny spring weekend in 2018 to show you what’s in store outdoors this weekend. GetOut and enjoy!