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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”

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!”

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”

Lake Wheeler Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Size: 800 acres (650 acres of lake, 150 acres of land and buffer) Opened: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Mondays – October through March) Phone: (919)Continue reading “Lake Wheeler Park”

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”