Odd as this may sound as a hurricane is passing through, but the weekend is supposed to be pretty nice. In the hopes that Dorian didn’t mess with you and leave you with a weekend of cleanup, here are some thoughts on how you might spend the second weekend in September (though if you were planning to spend it at a State Park, be advised that as of late Thursday, 14 coastal parks were closed “until further notice;” check ncparks.gov for the latest).
MST Birthday Hikes. Yes, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail turns 42 this Monday (seems like yesterday that Howard Lee, then-Secretary of the then-N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, first floated the idea of a statewide trail ). As part of the celebration, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and towns along the trail are sponsoring a series of birthday hikes. Alas, at last count, five of the coastal hikes had been canceled or postponed due to Hurricane Dorian, and another seven are full, but that still leaves 15 guided hikes across the state that you can be a part of. Odds are, if you live in one of the 37 counties that the trail passes through on its nearly 1,200-mile journey across the state, there’s a hike near you. And you can find those hikes by going here.
Late Summer Wildflowers, Saturday, 2 p.m., New River State Park, Laurel Springs. If you missed the spring wildflower bloom in the lowlands, take heart: it’s still happening in the high country. Check out the display at New River State Park on this 1-mile guided hike. Learn more and sign up here.
Graylyn Road History Hike, Saturday, 3:45 p.m., Umstead State Park, Raleigh. In addition to preserving the land, our state parks preserve the human history that preceded park status. On this hike, you’ll get to visit old homesteads and hear the stories of the people who once called the park home. Learn more and sign up here.
GetHiking! this weekend
What are our GetHiking! groups in North Carolina and Virginia up to this weekend? Plenty, thanks for asking …
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Carvin Cove and Hay Rock,Saturday, September 7, 8 a.m., Fontaine Research Park, Charlottesville. Strenuous. 8 miles. Hike highlights: Appalachian Trail, Hay Rock, Carvin Cove. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Jones Run and Doyles River Trail,Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m., Brown Gap Parking Lot, Grottoes. Moderately Strenuous. 6.8-mile hike through multiple cascading waterfalls. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: McAfee Knob,Sunday, September 8, 8:15 a.m., Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville. Moderately Strenuous. 8.4-miles. 4 mile climb up to McAfee Knob. Learn more here.
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It had been five years since our GetHiking! Triad and Triangle groups had visited Stone Mountain State Park at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, way too long for our comfort. Perhaps that made last Saturday’s visit event sweeter. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited Stone Mountain, you’re due. Start planning a trip of your own, starting here.
Looking for more options for weekend adventure? Check out our GetOut! Find An Adventure resource page here.