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GetOut! Your Nudge for Weekend Adventure

We’re finally in full leaf-out and had our first taste of summertime temperatures. Some thoughts on how you can get out and enjoy.

16th Annual Paddle for the Border, Saturday, 8 a.m., Dismal Swamp State Park, South Mills. Picture one of those races where they release hundreds of tiny rubber ducks into a stream. Now, instead of tiny ducks, picture hundreds of paddlers. Crazy, no? That’s the craziness you’ll find this weekend as hundreds of paddlers make their way from the park up the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Virginia border. About a 7.5-mile paddle. Check it out here. read more

GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure


The pressure is on! Only one more weekend to get out before Christmas!

Our intent isn’t to add to the pressure of the holidays. Rather, to distract from it, with one of these options for getting out on a weekend that promises to be perfect for adventure, with temperatures in the 50s and hardly a cloud in the sky. Under such glorious conditions you could …

=&0=& (Boulders Access), Saturday, 9 a.m, Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountains. Hike leader David Brantley hosts Hike Your Own Hike Day: you could hike 12 miles, you could hike 10; you could hike 8, you could hike 6. That’s the beauty of the Ridgeline Trail, connecting the Boulders Access with the Kings Pinnancle. A great way to avoid the crowds at Crowders’ main entrance. Learn more and sign up here. 

=&1=&, Saturday, 2 p.m., Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. Maybe you love the idea of hiking at Hanging Rock, but are intimidated by the distances, the rocky train, the elevation changes. On Saturday’s Lake Hike, there’s none of that. The hike is a mile long, it goes around the park’s 12-acre lake, and it’s pretty tame. You’ll learn a thing or two about the park as well on this ranger-lead hike. Learn more and sign up here.

=&2=& Sunday, 10 a.m., Eno River State Park: Pump Station Access, Durham. It’s the  camaraderie of a group hike minus the chatter. Learn more and sign 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
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    GetOut! Your Nudge to Get Out This Weekend

    We’re finally heading into fall-like weather, folks. Temperatures heading into daylight requiring a light fleece and climbing only into the upper 70s, mostly sunny skies, drier air and a dash of color here and there.

    It’s a good weekend to get out. Here are some thoughts on where you can go, what you can do.

    =&0=&, Saturday, 8 p.m., Carvers Creek State Park, Spring Lake. If you’re new to night hiking, here’s a good place to start: the trails are flat and they’re in good shape. Add to that plenty of open field and minimal light pollution, and chance to see some “crepuscular dwellers” and this is a 2- to 3-mile hike you won’t soon forget. More info and sign up here.

    =&1=&, Sunday, 10 a.m., Haw River State Park: Iron Ore Belt Access, Greensboro. Come celebrate the world’s rivers on a hike that skirts the headwaters of the Haw River north of Greensboro. Learn more and sign up here.

    =&2=&. Starting Sunday, check out TACO events at Dismal Swamp State Park, Crowders Mountain State Park, Lake James State Park, Chimney Rock State Park, events all designed to get kids more involved and comfortable with the outdoors. Find information on those events here; find information on TACO itself and on other TACO events here.

    Plus, you can also find more adventures right here, at GetGoingNC.com.

    For information on the locations featured in this week’s GetOut! video, check out the sites for Eno River State Park and Umstead State Park.

    GetOut! Your Nudge to Get Out and Explore this Weekend

    A cool front moves in this weekend, a sign for you to get out and explore. Some thoughts on that front:

    =&0=&, Friday thru Sunday, anywhere along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Help our favorite statewide hiking trail celebrate 41 years with a hike! Where? Well, anywhere on the trail. To help with that, we refer you to the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail website, here.

    =&1=&, Saturday & Sunday, Moratock Park, Danbury. How about a hike at nearby Hanging Rock and some live music? Or a paddle on the Dan River and some crafts? We’re all about mixing action with relaxation, which is what this weekend’s Stokes Stomp in Danbury is all about. Details here.

    =&2=&, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Elk Knob State Park, Todd. More mixing of pleasure with pleasure at this annual celebration of Elk Knob. Live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and food. Details here.

    You can find more opportunities this Labor Day 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.
  • read more