GetOut! 5 Activities for the Last Weekend of Spring

OK, it’s been hotter than a cup of lawsuit coffee the past week; no surprise that of the 24 North Carolina State Park events scheduled for Saturday, seven are water related. We’ll get to those. But first in this week’s 5 weekend activities:

Whack Attack! Invasive Species Removal Workday, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Lower Haw River State Natural Area, Pittsboro. Periodically, the Friends of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area (pictured) hold workdays to remove the profusion of invasive plants that grow along this linear Natural Area lining the Haw River between Bynum and U.S. 64. It’s a great opportunity to learn about invasive species and to work out some aggression by yanking ‘em out of the ground. BYO — loppers or hand pruners, work gloves, insect repellent and water, that is. Preregistration is required, by emailing with “Invasives” in the subject line. Learn more here.

Lake James, as seen from Shortoff Mountain

Water-related activities. Rather than highlight one or two, we’ll list them all, with a link you can click to learn more.

Juneteenth celebrations. Likewise, there are numerous Juneteenth celebrations this weekend; for Saturday’s events, go here, for Sunday’s go here.

OK, that’s more than 5 — consider it a gift for the weekend. Speaking of weekend gifts, check the forecast: temperatures in the low 80s under clear skies. 

And yes, it really is the last weekend of spring: summer officially starts Tuesday.

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Planning ahead

Our first GetHiking! Summer Weekend Escape on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail was everything you hope of in a weekend of hiking: cool temperatures, lots of sun, great hiking companions. Check it out here.

And we still have two left. Click the appropriate link for more information. 

  • Summer on the MST Weekend Escape to Mount Pisgah, July 22-24, go here.
  • Summer on the MST Weekend Escape to Price Lake, Sept. 9-11, go here.

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