Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Facts & Figures Address: 2626 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518 County: Wake Size: 140 acres Hours: Open daily from 9:00am to sunset Phone: (919) 387-5980 Websites:¬†https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/parks-greenways-environment/parks/stevens-nature-center-at-hemlock-bluffs-nature-preserve https://www.hemlockbluffs.org Management: Joint partnership between the Town of Cary, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks &Continue reading “Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve”

A Fall Family Hiking Tradition

As I recently mentioned on the Let’s Talk Parks podcast episode 2.16: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors with Dave Herpy and as I shared in my Fall Favorites Around the Triangle article last September 2019 in Carolina Parent Magazine, my favorite way to connect our children to the outdoors has always been hiking. With anContinue reading “A Fall Family Hiking Tradition”

North Carolina State Fair

Facts and Figures Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Attendance: 1,000,000 +/- people annually, average total attendance Dates: October 15-25, 2020 (subject to cancellation due to COVID-19) Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Phone: (919) 821-7400 Website: http://www.ncstatefair.org Management: North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Overview The North Carolina State Fair is anContinue reading “North Carolina State Fair”

Outdoor Gear for Families

As a father of four, husband, and outdoor recreation professional, there is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding for me than sharing my love for the outdoors with my family. Being able to experience nature together and spend time together outside as a family is one of our favorite things to do together. Whether it’s hikingContinue reading “Outdoor Gear for Families”

National Backyard Campout

On Friday, April 17, 2020 my three oldest children and I participated in Trail Life USA’s National Backyard Campout, a national event that encouraged families across America to camp out in their own backyards or living rooms and create memories together. Here in Clayton, North Carolina, the overnight low temperature was 60 degrees with noContinue reading “National Backyard Campout”

North Carolina Zoo

Facts & Figures Address: 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205 County: Randolph Size: 2.142 square miles = 2,600 acres Hours: Open Daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm Phone: (800) 488-0444 Website: https://www.nczoo.org Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Animals: Antelope Baboon Black Bear Bobcat Bison Cheetah Chimpanzee Elephant Elk Flamingo Giraff Gray WolfContinue reading “North Carolina Zoo”

Oak Island, North Carolina

Facts & Figures County: Brunswick Website: https://www.oakislandnc.com Attractions: Ahoy! Doughnuts Carolina National Golf Club Oak Island Par Three at South Harbor Oak Island Jungle Golf (mini golf and arcade) Oak Island Parks & Recreation Ocean Crest Pier OKI Scoop Shop and Donuts Pirate’s Deck Restaurant Shagger Jack’s Restaurant North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher PhotosContinue reading “Oak Island, North Carolina”

Pinehurst Resort

Facts & Figures Address: 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374 County: Moore Phone: (855) 235-8507 Website: https://www.pinehurst.com Activities: Boating Croquet Cycling Golf Tennis Swimming Accommodations: Carolina Hotel Holly Inn The Manor Carolina Villas Condos at Pinehurst Photos Overview Opened in 1895, Pinehurst Resort is known as “The Cradle of American Golf.” Located in theContinue reading “Pinehurst Resort”

Raven Rock State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546 County: Harnett Size: 4,810 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm Phone: (910) 893-4888 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/raven-rock-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Paddling Picnicking Photos Overview Located along theContinue reading “Raven Rock State Park”

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