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Survey Says: Help me build a fire, ID a constellation and more

A big thanks to all of you who responded to our June survey about how we can help you become a better hiker/backpacker. Your response was helpful because until now, we’ve relied primarily on anecdotal information — chatting with you on hikes and trips — to create our programs. This survey helped us see where we were making good guesses, and where we weren’t.  read more

Backpacking the AT: Make a video dream come true

You watch a video of a spellbinding adventure. You think, “Man, I would love to do that … .” 

And it doesn’t happen.

It doesn’t happen for any number of reasons. More often than not, though, it falls victim to overthinking the logistics: What kind of preparation do I need? How will I get there? How will I know what to do when I do get there? Before you know it, you’re mentally exhausted and have moved on to the next video. read more

GetOut! Your Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Sunny with highs in the 70s on Saturday, not quite as promising on Sunday, but we’ll see. Sounds like a decent weekend forecast for enjoying the outdoors in any number of ways. 

Here are a few:

Spring Hike, Saturday, 1 p.m. Pettigrew State Park, Creswell. Pettigrew State Park, Pettigrew State Park … . We can hear the gears of confusion now. If you haven’t heard of Pettigrew, it’s likely because of its off-the-beaten-path location: it’s south of Creswell, which is west of Columbia, but east of Plymouth, which is just beyond Williamston, which — well, you get the idea. In short, it’s a bulb of land that’s between Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, and it’s got some of the oldest and biggest trees in the state, which you’ll be able to see on this flat-and-easy 5.6-mile hike. Learn more here. read more

Warm up to a winter hike at the coast

Come late fall and winter, temperatures in the Piedmont slip into the 30s and 40s. At the coast, though, they remain comfortably in the 50s, even 60s. It’s cool enough to keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums at bay, and perfect weather for a hike.

Two of our favorite coastal hikes will be included in our GetHiking! Classic Escapes Weekend on Nov. 2-4. 

  • Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve, Nags Head. This 1,000-acre The Nature Conservancy property is home to one of the largest remaining maritime forests along the East Coast. About 5 miles of trail penetrate this diverse and dazzling preserve. Sandwiched between two of the largest active sand dunes on the East Coast are dense forests of oaks, hickories and beech trees (some dating back centuries), marsh and freshwater pools. More than 100 species of birds have been identified here, and it’s a nesting ground for about half of them. You’ll also see the remains of a once-thriving community of humans that lived here into the 1930s. Starting in November, you’ll see the influx of migratory waterfowl that spend the winter. It’s a great cool weather adventure.
  • Pettigrew State Forest, Columbia. Part of Pettigrew State Forest is16,000-acre Lake Phelps, the second largest lake in the state. The lake is about 38,000 years old, experts say, and it is located, oddly, on one of the highest spots in the region. Human history dates back 10,000 years and has left behind, among other items, about 30 well-preserved dugout canoes, one of which is about 4,400 years old. Rimming the lake is ancient forest that includes bay trees, sweet gums, persimmons, and pawpaws that are among the largest of their species found anywhere. You’ll also find a stand of rare Atlantic white cedars with trunks three feet in diameter and canopies topping 100 feet. About 5 miles of trail lets you explore a great deal of what the park has to offer.
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