This weekend: Celebrate the Scuppernong, do an Amazing Race, Dig the Du


Scuppernong River at Columbia.

We’ve got a celebration of the Scuppernong River by paddle craft, a Great Amazing Race for you and a member of your family near Charlotte and a duathlon (trail run/mountain bike) on private property (worry not, it’s legal) near Asheville.


The Scuppernong River near Columbia is an intriguing waterway. Downstream from town it begins to open up before quickly dumping into Albemarle Sound. Upstream, it immediately becomes an intimate paddle through a coastal forest setting. Experience the Scuppernong Saturday as part of the 21st Annual Scuppernong River Festival in Columbia. A boat tour of the river is just part of the day’s festivities, including arts & crafts vendors, a classic auto show, live music & entertainment,  youth rides and amusements, and, of course, food. The daylong event ends with fireworks.

Logistics: For more info email, call the Town of Columbia at 252.796.2781 or the Tyrrell County Visitor’s Center at 252.796.0723.

Saturday forecast: Sunny, high of 70.

The Amazing Race: TV's version of the Great Amazing Race.


Looking for an activity the whole family can do? An activity where you can compete against other families? An activity that could earn you a shot at the national championship and a grand prize of $2,000!?

OK, first let’s reel in the hype. Competition in the Great Amazing Race is limited to two family members — a kid and a parent, say — and is patterned after TV’s “The Amazing Race.” You’ll compete in eight “fun-filled challenges” at stations spread across a one-mile cross-country course. (There are other rules, which you can read about here.) The race is Saturday at Pineville Lake Park in Pineville (near Charlotte) art 2 p.m.

Logistics: Race is at 2 p.m. Saturday, race registration and packet pickup begins at 1:15 p.m. $40 per team. More info here.

Saturday forecast: Clear, high of 72.

Dig the Du


It’s hard to fin a good off-road duathlon, that pairing of trail run and mountain bike ride, but you’ll find it this Sunday at Dig the Du in Asheville. Start with a 2.5-mile trail run, followed by 12 miles of singletrack, topped off with another 2.5 miles of trail running. The intriguing thing about the race: it’s on private property in Henderson not open to public recreation the rest of the year.

Logistics: $55 to race on race day ($65 for a two-person team, $85 for a three-person team). Race starts at 10 a.m. Register here, more info here.

Sunday forecast: Mostly cloudy, high of 72.

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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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