GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

This week’s video is a salute to exploring in the rain, which is our way of saying there’s a lot of it in the forecast the next few days.

But not on Saturday! So, we have three options today: 1) if you want to stay dry, 2) if you don’t mind the rain, 3) if you’d rather wait until New Year’s Day (when there’s still a chance of rain).

  • Small Steps, Saturday, 10 a.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. This is the no-rain option (in the words of the Eno River State Park poet laureate): If your 2019 goal is a fitter you, begin your journey with a river view. That is, a 1.5-mile hike on the Buckquarter Creek Trail at a “forgiving pace.” More info and sign up here.
  • Junior Ranger Coach, Sunday 1 p.m., Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury. This is the “into-your-life-some-rain-may-fall” option: Help your aspiring Junior Ranger earn her/his Junior Ranger Patch on this ranger-led presentation and 0.8-mile activity hike. For ages 6-12. More info and sign up here.
  • New Year’s Day Hike, Tuesday, Jan. 1, times and locations vary. If you can’t get out this weekend, you’ll definitely want to get out New Year’s Day. First, North Carolina State Parks is sponsoring a variety of First Day Hikes at each of it’s facilities; find a rundown of hikes and sign up here. Most of these hikes are on the short side, three miles or less. If you’re looking for something longer, join our GetHiking! Triangle crew on a 6-mile hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Falls Lake, starting at the mercifully decent time of 11 a.m. Learn more and sign up here.

As always, you can find more opportunities this 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

Live the video

If you’re inspired by today’s video, learn more about exploring Haw River State Park’s Great Blue Heron Trail here.

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