Here’s what’s up the first full weekend in March, a weekend that, in the wee hours of Sunday, see’s the clock spring forward. Remember that when you tuck in Saturday night.
First Saturday Walk at Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Saturday, 10 a.m., Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama. Horton Grove is one of the few area hikes we keep on our calendar year-round. It’s ample canopy offers cooler hiking below in summer, fall color here can be hue-tastic, its open forest floor offers lingering views in winter and on the cusp of spring you’ll think the season was invented here. Saturday’s First Saturday hike by the managing Triangle Land Conservancy should offer a particularly insightful look at the season. For more information and to sign up, go here.
Friends of Lake Norman State Park Spring Wildflower Hike, Saturday, 9 a.m., Statesville. They’re here — the first batch of spring wildflowers, that is! And if you haven’t noticed them, it’s either because you don’t know where to look and/or what to look for. That’s why it’s best to go searching with a naturalist — in this case, a retired park ranger — who knows the deepest secrets of spring wildflowers. Learn more about this hike by heading here.
No One Know and No One Goes Hike III, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Umstead State Park, Raleigh. Ever wonder what’s the off-trail story at some of your favorite hiking venues? Saturday, Ranger Billy unveils some of Umstead’s secrets on this 4-mile hike. Space is limited and registration is required, by going here.
GetHiking! this weekend
What are our GetHiking! groups in North Carolina and Virginia up to this weekend? Plenty, thanks for asking …
GetBackpacking! Neusiok Trail, Friday, March 6, 12 p.m. – Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., Pinecliff Recreation Area, Havelock. Moderate. 22 miles. Hike Highlights: pine savannah and boggy areas, boardwalks. Learn more here.
GetExploring! Greenville: Medoc Mountain State Park, Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m., 1541 Medoc Mountain Rd., Hollister. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlotte: Pilot Mountain, Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m., 371 Culler Rd., Pinnacle. Strenuous. 10 miles. Hike Highlights: Grassy Ridge, Grindstone, Jomeokee, Mountain. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: AT thru SNP: Rockfish Gap to Turk Gap, Saturday, March 7, 8:15 a.m., 400 Ray C Hunt Dr., Charlottesville. Strenuous. 11.1 miles. Hike Highlights: Rockfish Gap, McCormick Gap, Bear Den Mountain, Beagle Gap, Calf Mountain, Little Calf Mountain, Moorman’s River Fire Road, Turk Gap. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Certification Course, Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., 440 Pinnacle Pl., Charlottesville. Blend of classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Ragged Mountain Reservoir – Circuit Hike, Saturday, March 8, 12:30 p.m., 415 Ray C Hunt Dr., Charlottesville. Moderately Strenuous. 7 miles. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: McAfee Knob, Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m., 130 Afton Overlook, Afton. Moderately Strenuous. 8.4 miles. Hike Highlights: Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob, Catawba Mountain, Iconic spot on the Appalachian Trail, 270 degree views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, Views of Tinker Cliffs, Views of the Shenandoah Valley, McAfee Knob Trail. Learn more here.
Live the video
Today’s video is from a GetHiking! Winter Wild hike in February at Hanging Rock State Park. It was our WW version of the Five Peaks Challenge: Hanging Rock, the lesser-known Three Sisters, and a peak to be named later. Learn more about Hanging Rock here.
More Weekend Options
Looking for more options for weekend adventure? Check out our GetOut! Find An Adventure resource page here.