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Eno River State Park Backpacking Trip

A couple weekends ago I joined my younger brother for his first backpacking trip and my first backpacking trip in twelve years. Between kids, extra-curricular activities, and crazy schedules, it’s hard to find time for self care, so we scheduled this backpacking trip months in advance. We made it a priority for both of usContinue reading “Eno River State Park Backpacking Trip”

Family Weekend in NC’s High Country

Last weekend, we loaded up our vehicle and hit the road for a four day, three night family trip to North Carolina’s High Country. About a month ago our county school board voted to give students a couple extra days off as wellness days during Thanksgiving week, so it was the perfect opportunity to getContinue reading “Family Weekend in NC’s High Country”

Kayaking NC: Getting Started

Introduction I’ll never forget my first time kayaking on a sit-on-top kayak in Lake Erie when I was twenty years old. I was working a seasonal job in between my junior and senior years of college as a lifeguard and camp counselor for Lake Metroparks where I grew up in Northeast Ohio. My supervisor saidContinue reading “Kayaking NC: Getting Started”

Tough Hook

Background Recently we were approached by Tough Hook about featuring and writing about their products on our blog. They had found us through my LinkedIn profile and blog posts. When we found out they are a Veteran owned company, we jumped at the opportunity! As we mentioned early on in 2021, one of the goalsContinue reading “Tough Hook”

William B. Umstead State Park

Facts & Figures Address: Crabtree Creek Access and Visitor’s Center: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617 Reedy Creek Access: 2100 N. Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513 County: Wake Size: 5,599 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 571-4170 Website: Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of ParksContinue reading “William B. Umstead State Park”

Our Favorite Hikes Across the Triangle

As a father of four children under ten years old, one of our favorite ways to spend time outdoors as a family is to hike at our local parks. There is nothing better than packing up our backpacks and hiking sticks, loading up our vehicle, and traveling to a local park to explore new placesContinue reading “Our Favorite Hikes Across the Triangle”

Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement!

As an outdoor leader, parks advocate, and travel blogger, I am proud to join the #RecreateResponsibly coalition and encourage others to join the #RecreateResponsibly movement. “During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become more important than ever. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts toContinue reading “Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement!”

10 Places to Explore in North Carolina in 2021

Although travel remains limited to when and where it is safe to do so, our hope is that we will all be able to get back to traveling normally again in 2021. With the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine now being administered across the state and country, there is hope! The hospitality and travelContinue reading “10 Places to Explore in North Carolina in 2021”

Parks Were Essential in 2020

I began Explore NC in mid-January 2020 with a simple mission: to connect people to North Carolina’s natural and built environments and to inspire people to get outside. My goal with this blog was to share our family’s adventures and the resources for exploring all that North Carolina has to offer. Little did I knowContinue reading “Parks Were Essential in 2020”

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve

Facts & Figures Address: 4409 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh, NC 27610 County: Wake and Johnston Size: 405 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 908-8809 Websites: Management: Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) Activities/Amenities: Hiking Mountain Biking Nature Exploration Photos Overview Opened in late September 2020, the Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve is theContinue reading “Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve”