That’s what we’re about here at GetGoingNC.com: our guided hikes are intended to introduce you to new trails you can hike on your own, our classes give you the skills to confidently hike and backpack independently, and our trail guides, books and tutorials are likewise intended to activate and inform the explorer within.
Typically, our GetOut! blog for the coming weekend deviates slightly from that mission by ferreting out for you upcoming hikes, trips and programs. Today, we deviate from that deviation. Today, we provide you with some of the resources we use to find out what’s happening in the weekend ahead. Find an area of interest, click the link, proceed to a calendar of events and plan away.
Regional land trusts
Land trusts offer some of the best programs around, from the Eno River Association’s Sunday Hike Series to the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Speed Hikes.
- Triangle Land Conservancy here
- Eno River Association here
- Piedmont Land Conservancy here
- Three Rivers Land Trust here
- NC Coastal Land Trust here
- Tar River Land Trust here
North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina’s state parks host a variety of activities throughout the week, in the evening, on weekends. Most have an educational focus, many are just intended to get you out in the wild. Activities include hiking, paddling and various nature programs. Most are free. Check out what’s going on this weekend at a state park near you, here.
N.C. Environmental Education Center
The state’s 200-plus environmental education centers have outdoor events of an educational nature going on throughout the week. Check ‘em out here.
Up for a paddle trip? Several outfitters run trips in North Carolina, with most focused on a specific geographic area. Among them:
- Frog Hollow Outdoors (central Piedmont)
- Haw River Canoe & Kayak (central Piedmont)
- Headwaters Outfitters (western North Carolina mountains)
- Paddle NC (North Carolina coast)
- Zaloo’s Canoes, Kayaks & Tubes (northern North Carolina mountains, New River)
Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has an online calendar that includes a variety of activities throughout the region, from trail runs to paddle trips. Find it here.
At the coast
- CapeFearCoast.com. Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.
- Coastal Guide. Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.
Finally, a reminder that it is supposed to a springlike weekend — highs in the upper 50s, lows in the mid 30s under skies that grow sunnier as the weekend progresses — and your favorite trails could be crowded. The answer? Find a new favorite that won’t be as crowded. We recommend 5 in our Wednesday blog, which you may find here.
GetOut! And enjoy!
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