This weekend hike into the past


Hiking into the past: It’s all the rage in North Carolina this weekend … .


Feeling competitive? Have three friends, at least one of whom is the opposite sex? And are all of you 16 or older? If you answered yes to all of the above, consider about heading down to Emerald Isle Saturday for the Emerald Isle Parks & Rec 4 x 4 Volleyball Tournament. Entry fee is $55, winner gets 70 percent of the pot ($231 if the maximum of six teams signs up), second place gets 30 percent. You must preregister by 5 p.m. Friday, by calling 252.354.6350.

Logistics: In addition to pre-registering (see above), you have to bring your own ball and officiate games you don’t play in. More info here.

Weather: The tournament is indoors. That said, it’s supposed to be 60 and sunny at the coast.


When you hike in the woods, odds are you’re oblivious of the history around you. That you’re unaware of the daffodil that might signal an old homestead, or the wide trough that could be what remains of an old “highway.” This weekend, you have not one but two opportunities to hike into history.

This old roadbed up from Crabtree Creek near the old Company Mill goes past the old Camp Craggy at Umstead State Park.

Friday at 2 p.m. (we like to start the weekend early around here), join a ranger for a mostly off-trail hike to historic Camp Craggy in Raleigh’s Umstead State Park. Located upslope from Crabtree Creek near the old Company Mill, Craggy was a Boy Scout camp in the early 1900s. The hike, 2.5 miles round trip, begins at 2 p.m.

Logistics: The hike, which begins from the parking lot off Harrison Avenue and I-40, is free, but pre-registration is required, by calling 919.571.4170.

Weather: The good news: A high of 63 is forecast. The not-so-good: there’s an 80 percent chance of rain.

On Sunday, join the Eno River Association’s Joe Liles for a hike, Fanny’s Ford and the Road to Holden Mill. Subtle signs will tell the tale of this once commercially vibrant area that is now part of Eno River State Park.

Logistics: Meet at the picnic shelter at the end of Cole Mill Road at the Few’s Ford access area of the Eno River State Park, at 2 p.m. More info here.

Weather: Sunny with a high of 54.

Explore the human past of Stone Mountain, such as this chimney from an old homestead along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, on a 336 hike.


They’ll also be hiking into history Saturday in the Stone Mountain area, albeit for a more colorful past. The 336 Area Hiking Group sponsors the Moonshine Stills Hike, a 5- to 7-mile mostly off-trail exploration in/around Stone Mountain State Park. Stills, old homesteads, cemeteries “and what ever we can find,” are the objectives, according to hike leader Steve Martin. A rugged outing is in store, Martin cautions. “If you enjoy nice, marked trails please pick another hike.”

Logistics: The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. in Greensboro to carpool to the park. More info here.

Weather: High of 52, 20 percent chance of rain.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.

Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

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One thought on “This weekend hike into the past”

  1. I love learning about the history of trail or grounds that I am hiking on. The Rattle Snake Lodge trail outside of Asheville is one of my favorites — you step right back into the early 1900s with all the stone foundation ruins.

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