GetOut! Your Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Don’t let the weather rain on your weekend adventure parade. Grab a rain jacket (or a big trash bag) and venture out for some good, wet, fun! Such as:

Occoneechee Geology Hike, Saturday, 2 p.m., Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Hillsborough. One of the reasons we like this hike for this weekend is that the trail is generally high up and less susceptible to standing water (except for portions along the Eno River, which will be under water). Quarrying operations from years ago leave the north face of the mountain exposed, making it ideal for a geological dissection. Also: the hike is lead by a geologist. About 1.5 miles of moderately difficult hiking. Free, but registration required, by calling 919.383.1686. More info here.

Historical Iron Ore Hike, Saturday, 2 p.m., Haw River State Park, Iron Ore Belt Access, Greensboro. Another trail that does a good job of shedding water is the Great Blue Heron Trail at HRSP, where this 1.5-mile hike exploring iron ore pits dating back to the 1700s will occur. Learn more by calling 336.342.6163 or go here.

Pyxie-Moss Hike, Sunday, 3 p.m., Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines. The first flower of spring to bloom at Weymouth Woods is the Sandhills Pyxie-moss; what makes this search for the first signs of spring even more intriguing is that the flower is only found in a handful of counties in the Carolinas. More info here, or by calling 910.692.2167.

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

Today’s video was shot during last weekend’s GetBackpacking! trip on the Appalachian Trail between Max Patch and Hot Springs. You can check out our upcoming trips for the spring — including the AT from Carver’s Gap to US 19E, Wilson Creek, South Mountains State Park, Linville Gorge, and the Uwharrie Mountains — at GetHiking! Triangle. If you’re not a backpacker but would like to be, our next GetBackpacking! Intro to Backpacking class starts in early April. Learn more here.

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