Clemmons Educational State Forest

Facts & Figures Address: 2256 Old U.S. Hwy 70, Clayton, NC 27520 County: Johnston and Wake Size: 825 acres, 1.289 square miles Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 11am-8pm Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm Phone: (919) 553-5651 Website: https://www.ncesf.org/clemmons.html Management: North Carolina Forest Service Activities/Amenities: Outdoor Education Workshops Picnic Facilities Ranger Conducted Classes Trails Forest Geology Trail with “TalkingContinue reading “Clemmons Educational State Forest”

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”

Eno River State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705 Counties: Durham, Orange Size: 4,312 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Paddling Fishing Picnicking Overview Located in Durham, North Carolina, EnoContinue reading “Eno River State Park”

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Facts & Figures Address: 625 Virginia Cates Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278 County: Orange Size: 206 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/occoneechee-mountain-state-natural-area/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Hiking Fishing Picnicking Photos Overview Located in Hillsborough, North Carolina in OrangeContinue reading “Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area”

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”

COVID-19: Outdoor Impacts

There is no doubt these are uncertain and unprecedented times. From the NCAA spring seasons and professional sports leagues being cancelled to schools being suspended to Stay at Home executive orders being issued, life as we once knew it has come to an end, at least temporarily. Abrupt changes came literally overnight, forcing us toContinue reading “COVID-19: Outdoor Impacts”

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”

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started