In The News

WNC hills alive with spring, wildflowers

March 25th, 2017  •  Asheville Citizen-Times
Western North Carolina’s winter and spring have traded places so often, wildflowers are probably wondering when it’s safe to finally come out.

Outdoors: Spring has sprung - take a hike

March 23rd, 2017  •  New Bern Sun Journal
Eastern North Carolina, while not as cob-webbed with walking paths as the other end of the state, has enough trails to keep an enthusiastic hiker busy for a long time. Early spring, when it’s still cool and the bugs are minimal, is a great time to go.

A new state park for Pender County?

March 23rd, 2017  •  StarNews Wilmington
If House Bill 353 is approved, it would represent the first step toward creating a state park along the Black River in Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties. The bill, which has been referred to the House's committee on state and local government, would also allow the creation of a trio of state natural areas -- akin to state parks, albeit without the recreational facilities often found in parks.

NC parks to receive funding for accessible facilities

March 22nd, 2017  •  WBTV Charlotte
The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority selected 18 grant recipients at its meeting March 3 at William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh. The matching grants will help fund development and renovation of public park and recreation areas for these special needs populations.

Hike NC offers free, guided hikes across North Carolina

March 20th, 2017  •  WRAL
Hike NC, a free hiking program at state parks across North Carolina, launched its spring season this week. The program, a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks, is designed to make it easy for people to hike and enjoy nature, regardless of their age or level of experience, according to a press release. Organizers hope the program encourages people who might not otherwise consider taking a hike to get outside and explore nature.

Welcome to Mr. Rogers’ new neighborhood

March 17th, 2017  •  Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
Steve Rogers is the new Superintendent at Merchants Millpond State Park. He takes over for the recently departed Joy Greenwood who is now the Superintendent at Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks.

State parks offers new annual, family pass options

March 15th, 2017  •  WRAL
Just in time for spring and summer vacation, the N.C. State Parks system has some new pass options for families, who are looking to save.

Gastonia aiming to establish city bus route to Crowders Mountain State Park

March 13th, 2017  •  Gaston Gazette
Officials with the state park reached out to Gastonia late last year for some help. And city leaders are now moving forward with a plan to run a Gastonia Transit bus to the popular recreational site on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail may soon connect to Hillsborough, Smithfield

March 13th, 2017  •  The News & Observer
Conceived 40 years ago, the trail remains a patchwork of off-road trails and paths connected by long stretches on back roads which still account for about 500 miles of its length. In the Triangle, the trail follows a path of off-road natural and paved trail - like greenways - for 105 miles, from Eno River State Park along Falls Lake and the Neuse River to Clayton.

Birdwatchers flock to parks for Great Backyard Bird Count

February 19th, 2017  •  The News & Observer
This worldwide, four-day event, which runs through Monday, is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada and encourages people to count birds for 15 minutes and report their results for research on the effects of climate change on the feathered creatures.