This weekend: A good one to keep moving

A cool weekend is on tap across North Carolina: weekend highs will be lucky to top 50 and there’s a chance of snow in the west. If you’re going outside — and you know you will — it’s a better idea than usual to keep moving.


Five miles is a nice distance to run, we’ve always felt. A 5K — 3.1 miles — feels too short, too fast. And a marathon just seems ridiculously long (our judgement on this may be clouded as we’re signed up for the Umstead Trail Marathon Saturday and the thought of a 5-mile race is darn attractive right now). If you also like the sounds of a 5-mile run, then head to Greenville Saturday for the 2013 Patriot Run benefitting Fort Bragg’s Survivor Outreach Services, which helps families who have lost a serviceman/woman in combat. Awards by age category.

Logistics: Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. $20 if you register by the end of today, $25 from tomorrow through race day. More information and to register here, or call 252.328.6085.

Weekend forecast: High of 50, partly cloudy.

Observation tower atop Moore's Knob at Hanging Rock State Park.


Have you ever hiked at your local state park and wondered about its origins, specifically the origins of its older, stone buildings? Get a sense of how many of our state parks came to be by hearing the story of one park, Hanging Rock, on Saturday’s CCC History Hike. Roam around and here the history of Hanging Rock State Park, which, like many of North Carolina’s state parks, dates to the 1930s.

Logistics: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. Free. More info here.

Weekend forecast: High of 45, 50 percent chance of rain.

The falls, Upper and Lower Whitewater


Depending upon how you define “waterfall,” the falls known as Upper and Lower Whitewater on the North Carolina/South Carolina line south of Cashiers may be the highest in the eastern United States. Regardless of your persnicketiness regarding geographic precision, the Thompson River’s drop, in sections, of 400 feet is spectacular. And it’s the destination of Sunday’s hike by the Carolina Mountain Club. Total distance, on the Foothills Trail, is 11.6 miles and the hike is rated “strenuous.”

Logistics: Meet to carpool to trailhead at 8:30 a.m. Contact hike leader Don Gardner at 828.493.1127 or to reserve a spot and find out where to meet.

Weekend forecast: High of 41, 60 percent chance of precipitation, possibly snow.

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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.

U.S. National Wildlife Refuges
Rundown, by month, of regular activities at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges in North Carolina.

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