Labor Day

Getout! Your Nudge to Get Out This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend: spiritually, what more incentive do you need to get out and explore? To wit, some quick recommendations for weekend fun:

Vade Mecum Trails Open, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. The first weekend of every month, Hanging Rock and the Friends of Sauartown Mountains open the trail network at the park’s Vade Mecum addition. The 716-acre former Camp Sertoma 4-H Educational Center, with miles of trail, was added to the park in 2014. Learn more and sign up here.

Bear Island Eco-Hike, Sunday, 10:15 a.m., Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro. If you’re spending Labor Day weekend in the Crystal Coast area, head over to Swansboro Sunday morning and hike the dunes of a barrier island with a ranger. Learn more and sign up here.

Hike at Naked Creek Restoration Site, Monday, 11 a.m., Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, West Jefferson. Another opportunity (see Vade Mecum) to explore new terrain at a North Carolina State Park. Says the program description: “We will start at the park office and drive to the newest park access. Once there, we will begin a relaxing saunter through a kaleidoscope of wildflowers and butterflies. Bring your cameras and wildflower books. Learn more and sign up 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

And learn more about where we spent last weekend, featured in the video, by visiting the web sites for Little River Regional Park and Eno River State Park.

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