Happy Holidays! (And where to enjoy them!)

We take a slightly different tack this week. We know a lot of you have time off and might be looking for an outdoor adventure or two from your out-of-town guests. Or an adventure just for you.

Here are some resources that will hopefully help you find the adventure you want:

Take a hike, close to home. Looking for a place to hike near home? Here are our recommendations for:

Hike with a group. Find out what your local GetHiking! chapter (as well as GetExploring! Greenville)  is up to over the holidays starting here.

Take a hike, farther afield. If you’re willing to commit and day (including driving), check out these worthy options:

Take a hike on New Year’s Day. The nationwide First Day Hikes program features New Year’s Day hikes at state parks across the land, including:

  • North Carolina State Parks First Day Hikes, here.
  • Virginia State Parks First Day Hikes, here.

Check road conditions. You likely check the weather forecast before heading out on an adventure, but do you check road conditions? A few quick resources:

GetOriented! Finding Your Way in the Woods. This is our 3-hour off-trail romp that also teaches basic map and compass skills and how to navigate comfortably in the woods. It’s a great family activity, and fun to do with friends, too. Our holiday sessions are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m., Umstead State Park, Raleigh. Find details and sign up here.
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 1 p.m., Haw River State Park, Greensboro. Find details and sign up here.

Go skiing. Check current conditions, the forecast, lift ticket prices, lodging, rentals and more starting at

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