GetOut! Your Friday Nudge for Weekend Adventure

We take a slightly different approach this week, inspired by what seems to be a greater-than-usual offering of intriguing critter programs this weekend in our state parks system. Today, we simply list the program title, the park hosting it, when it is, and a link. You have no reason not to learn a thing or two this weekend.


  • Slithering Search for Snakes, Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, 10 a.m. Go here.
  • Wildlings: Up Close with Nature, Weymouth Woods State Natural Area, Southern Pines, 10 a.m. Go here.
  • Carnivorous Plant Hike, Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, 10 a.m. Go here.
  • Bears of South Mountains, South Mountains State Park, Connelly Springs, 11 a.m. Go here.
  • Reptile Walk, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head, 1 p.m. Go here.
  • Timber Rattlesnakes, Elk Knob State Park, Todd, 2 p.m. Go here.
  • Sharks of Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach, 2 p.m. Go here.
  • Frogs and Toads, Merchants Millpond State Park, Gatesville, 2 p.m. Go here.


  • Black Bears, Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville, 10 a.m. Go here.
  • Carnivorous Plant Hike, Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, 10 a.m. Go here.
  • Animals of Falls Lake, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Raleigh, 2 p.m. Go here.
  • Snakes!, Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, 3 p.m. Go here.

GetHiking! this weekend

What are our GetHiking! groups in North Carolina and Virginia up to this weekend? Plenty, thanks for asking …

GetHiking! Charlottesville: Wil Kohlbrenner Circuit Hike,Saturday, August 3, 8 a.m., 4105 Lewis and Clark Dr, Charlottesville. Very Strenuous. 12 miles. Hike highlights: Kerns Mountain, multiple vistas along Massanutten Trial. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Triangle: Saturday Saunter on the MST at Falls Lake,Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. Shinleaf Campground, Wake Forest. Moderately Easy. 3.7-mile hike passing through fading signs of civilization and Falls Lake. Learn more here.

Live the video

We reached into the wayback machine for this week’s inspiration: it’s a hike from last year on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (Day Hike Section K) that we hiked around this time last year. It’s also near a section we’ll be hiking tomorrow (see above). For more information on hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and for details on the various hikes supporting the trail’s 42nd birthday on Sept. 9, go here.

More options

Looking for more options for weekend adventure? Check out our GetOut! Find An Adventure resource page here.

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