Posts Tagged ‘canoe’

This weekend: All hail March!

  Let March know you’ve been waiting for it with a big outdoor welcome this weekend. Paddle the month in at the coast, greet it from on high in the Piedmont, or acknowledge its arrival with a classic hike on the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs. Coast In winter, our adventures tend to be on foot. As the weather warms, though, we become more open to other modes of transport….

This weekend: Hot times in NC

A cool bike ride in the mountains or a leisurely day on the water in the Piedmont and coastal plain: Those are but three of your options this weekend in North Carolina. Coast What better place to spend a muggy, 90-degree day than on a river? And not just an hour or two of the day, but at least half of it. That’s the plan at Lumber River State Park…

This weekend: Paddle, hike, RunRunRunRunRun

The second weekend of summer is perfect for paddling a Carolina Bay, for a taking a high-country hike and for running five races in one. Coast Summer is ideal for paddling. But it you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, a leisurely day on the water takes on potential hassles. First, you have to find a place to rent a boat (which we’ve made easy with this handy list)….

Self-shuttle the Neuse

I love to paddle rivers. But I don’t always have a party to paddle with. That’s a problem for three reasons: Paddling with others is more fun; It’s safer, and; From a purely selfish standpoint, paddling with a party makes setting up a shuttle a whole lot easier. Usually. Like most folks, I’m excited about the near completion of Raleigh’s Neuse River Trail, a 27.5-mile greenway following its namesake river…

90 Second Escape: Paddling into summer

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

This weekend: A smorgasbord of outdoor fun

Try your hand at canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, walk or run or bike to support a state park in Raleigh, or learn to ride a bike in the mountains. Coast We’re always on the lookout for a good, economical paddle adventure; this weekend our looking out has landed us at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park south of Goldsboro, where a ranger will lead an Introduction…

This weekend: Paddle, pedal, (star) party

Mother Nature may be slow to get in on the spring season but the events calendar isn’t. A great range of spring activities are on tap across the state this weekend, starting with star parties across the state Friday night, followed by a paddle on the Scuppernong River Saturday and the Tour de Lure mountain road ride. Get out and embrace spring! Coast Odds are, when you think of Pettigrew…

It’s warming up, let us help you have a hot time

We’re finally catching up with the mail bag — and just in time for what appears to be the first warm weekend in a while. You write to us for a variety of reasons. To find out where to take visiting kin hiking. To see if we know what the latest bear situation is in the Smokies. To ask if you can optimize our visibility on the Web, for a…

This weekend: Hike, run, paddle

This late summer weekend the great hiking is at the coast and the paddle festival is in the mountains. Crazy, eh? Coast Think fall hiking and you typically think of the coast. But Saturday at 10:30 one of the weekend’s best guided hikes will be at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Sponsored by the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the hike is a rare opportunity to learn about life on this…

This weekend: A Labor of fun

Tradition rules at the coast (a last beach blast of the summer) and in the mountains (kicking off the fall hiking season). Meanwhile, somewhere in between a paddle trip beckons. Coast Labor Day weekend, you’re at the coast, you’re looking for something different to do, something to relieve the tedium of frolicking in the surf. Tedium? OK, perhaps that’s overstating. But certainly a little relief from the beach is a…