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GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Here’s what’s up the first full weekend in March, a weekend that, in the wee hours of Sunday, see’s the clock spring forward. Remember that when you tuck in Saturday night.

First Saturday Walk at Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Saturday, 10 a.m., Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama. Horton Grove is one of the few area hikes we keep on our calendar year-round. It’s ample canopy offers cooler hiking below in summer, fall color here can be hue-tastic, its open forest floor offers lingering views in winter and on the cusp of spring you’ll think the season was invented here. Saturday’s First Saturday hike by the managing Triangle Land Conservancy should offer a particularly insightful look at the season. For more information and to sign up, go here. read more

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

It’s looking like another one-day weekend. The forecast: Saturday: cold and dry; Sunday: cold and wet.

  • Cox Mountain Hike, Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. Watch the accompanying video — see the hillier sections? Those are from the Cox Mountain Trail, the very same Cox Mountain trail that’s the focus of this 4- to 5-mile hike. Learn more and sign up here.
  • Hike to Tory’s Den, Saturday, 1 p.m., Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. New to this hiking thing and not sure you can hike very far, but still want some great scenery and you want it pretty much to yourself? (Boy, you’re demandy!) You can have it all on this half-mile round-trip hike on one of the lesser-visited, but still scenically awesome, trails at Hanging Rock. Learn more and sign up here.
  • Wildings: Winter Wing Watching, Saturday 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods State Natural Area, Southern Pines. Remember when “wilding” was a bad thing done by juvenile hoodlums? Well, it’s practiced differently down in Southern Pines, where this wilding also features youths (ages 6 to 10), but involves them quietly watching birds. Learn more and sigh 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

What we’re up to

Here are highlights of what GetHiking! and GetBackpacking! are up to this weekend:

=&6=&, Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., Great Outdoor Provision Co., Raleigh. Join our GetBackpacking! braintrust for an all-encompassing discussion of all things backpacking, from how to get started to how to drop a pound or two. Learn more and sign up here.
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GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

This week’s video is a salute to exploring in the rain, which is our way of saying there’s a lot of it in the forecast the next few days.

But not on Saturday! So, we have three options today: 1) if you want to stay dry, 2) if you don’t mind the rain, 3) if you’d rather wait until New Year’s Day (when there’s still a chance of rain).

  • Small Steps, Saturday, 10 a.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. This is the no-rain option (in the words of the Eno River State Park poet laureate): If your 2019 goal is a fitter you, begin your journey with a river view. read more

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure



Depending upon where you venture for adventure this weekend, you may run into lingering snow. If a state park is your destination, we recommend checking ahead to see: 1) if the park is open, and 2) what the conditions are like. Also: the forecast suggests Sunday may be better for exploring than a possibly rainy Saturday. Plan accordingly.

=&0=&, Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m., Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap. Stone Mountain State Park at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains good oodles of snow out of the recent storm, some of which will still be around Saturday. Our suggestion: come for a hike, then hang around for Myths About Snow, which will explore some of “the myths and legends surrounding snowfall and snow accumulation.” (Presumably, the entire park will reopen  by Saturday, but best to double check, here, before heading out.) Learn more and sign up here.

=&1=&, Sunday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m., Lake James State Park, Nebo. Winter birds in a wintry habitat — can’t beat that. Expect to see as many as 30 different birds during the hour-long program. Learn more and sign up here.

=&2=&, Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m., Grandfather Mountain State Park, Linville. Spots in the North Carolina mountains got upwards of three feet of snow out of The Storm, leading one to wonder how one would survive such an ordeal of caught unawares. While winter survival isn’t the focus of Sunday’s program, we’re guessing the topic will be touched on, especially considering Grandfather Mountain experiences some of the wildest weather in the East. Learn more and sign up here. (Note: this program is at the park’s low-elevation Profile Trailhead off NC 105; still, we suggest checking ahead to make sure the park — at least this part of it — has reopened. )

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.
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