Category Archives: Hiking

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Holy moly! If there were ever a good weekend to visit a North Carolina State Park, this is it! As we ease into fall, you’ll find celebrations aplenty at a park that’s likely near you. Among them:

50th Anniversary Art & Eco Festival, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Raven Rock State Park, Lillington. Come celebrate the park’s 50th year of existence with crafts, guided hikes, live music, food and more. Learn more here. read more

Day hikes are nice, but come fall, embrace the weekend

How far can you hike in a weekend?

A lot farther than you can in a day.

Take this past weekend. As part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s 42nd birthday celebration, our group of dedicated hikers hiked 21 miles on the MST on Saturday, about the same distance on Sunday. We hiked all day in an effort to raise money for the MST — at least $2,600, and counting — and its continued development across the state. read more

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

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 for the latest). read more

celebrate the MST with a birthday Weekend hike

The farthest I’ve ever hiked in a day is 50 miles. It started west of Pilot Mountain at 4:30 one May morning seven years ago and ended at midnight in Danbury, at the base of Hanging Rock. I was acting as a trail guide for Diane Van Deren in her 2012 quest to hike the MST faster than anyone had to date (which she did, finishing the trail atop Jockey’s Ridge on May 31, 22 days, 5 hours and 3 minutes after setting off from Clingman’s Dome). It was a long day. read more

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Today, we take a slightly different tack. Instead of singling out specific events, we’re identifying events by category. Click the link for details.


It’s fitting that on this Labor Day Weekend there are four paddling excursions in North Carolina’s State Parks. After all, Labor Day does mark the titular end of summer, and thus, the last big hurrah for water-related activities. Saturday alone there are three paddling excursions: read more