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Hike NC offers family fun on the trail

This summer we’re hosting a dozen hikes, in the Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Asheville areas. Because summer is a time when families like to spend time together, our summer hikes are family-themed. For instance, on August 15, Ranger Lance Huss will lead a hike...

4 Farmers Market Finds That May Surprise You

For many of us, going to the farmers’ market requires a commitment. You have to wake up early on Saturday morning to beat the crowd and drive 30 minutes to get those fresh peaches or ripe strawberries. At a good farmers’ market, the choices can be overwhelming, so you...

7 Hiking Tips to Beat the Heat this Summer

Yes, it’s warm out. OK, hot. But don’t let the beginning of summer keep you from continuing to hike. You just have to be smart about the heat, pick the right places to hike, and pick the right times to go. Hot hiking tips 1. Drink! Drink, drink, drink. Hydrate before...

Going on a Hike? Here’s What to Bring

You’re invited to a party, you have two questions: What should I wear? What should I bring? And so it goes with a hike. You’re invited, say, to one of our beginner-friendly Hike NC hikes and the same questions arise: How should I dress? What should I bring?...

How to Stay Warm Outside on the Trails this Winter

More than 145 million adults walk for exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control, or more than 60 percent of us. You wouldn’t guess that, though, if your observations were made during the winter. With so many of us dependent on walking for our physical and...

Warm up to the Winter Outdoors by Hiking

New Year’s resolutions to be more active are a curious thing: they’re made at the worst possible time to be active outdoors. At least it’s perceived as the worst possible time: In reality, winter is among the best times to active outside. Think about it: Would you...

Make the First Day of 2017 Count with a Hike

New Year’s resolutions are thought to date back some 4,000 years, to Babylonia. True, the Babylonians weren’t vowing to develop rock-hard abs or drop 25 pounds by bikini season (their main goals were to repay debts and give back the stuff they had borrowed), but the...

5 Ways to Make Hiking a Healthy Habit this Winter

As we wrap up the inaugural season of Hike NC!, our hope is that we’ve created a new fleet of hikers in North Carolina. That was our goal going in: to take folks who have been hiking-curious, who’ve wanted to take a walk in the woods but didn’t know quite how to get...

4 Hiking Myths Debunked

Perhaps you’ve noticed our new Hike NC statewide hiking program, seen that it’s geared toward new hikers, noticed that most of the more than 60 hikes scheduled over the next couple of months aren’t crazy long (between 2 and 4 miles), and, most significantly, taken...

Solution to keep kids active in the summer

It’s about that time in the summer when kids are proclaiming, “I’m soo bored, there’s nothing to do.” I found a solution for my family and want to share it with yours too! It's time to show them the many outdoor activities our North Carolina State Parks offer. From a...

Backyard chickens: A recipe for good health

I love our girls. We have six of them – Henrietta, Matilda, Bella and Ella, Althea, and Betsy. Though we suspect Betsy may be a male. I’m talking about my flock of hens (and potential rooster), of course. We got them on Easter weekend, as people do, when you have a...

5 hikes to take on your summer beach vacation

With Memorial Day, we officially entered the beach vacation season. Of heading to the coast for a week, of mornings spent lounging on the beach, afternoons napping, maybe reading. Eating. And doing the same the next day, the day after, and so on. Certainly not a bad...

North Carolina History Awaits in Old Salem

When my friend Natania suggested we take a walking tour of Old Salem, my first thought was: Hmmm. Should I pretend I know what and where Old Salem is? Or should I fake it? As I usually do, I decided to fake it. I accepted the invitation and immediately went online to...

The 6 Most Stunning North Carolina Waterfalls

Spring is warming up the state, and summer is fast approaching. Between the mountains and the beach, there’s plenty to get you and your family outdoors. But have you considered visiting one of the many waterfalls in our great state? North Carolina is home to more than...

5 Can’t Miss NC Mountain Hikes Full of Wildflowers

Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side With These NC Mountain Hikes The hills truly are alive — maybe not with the sound of music, but certainly with the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” of hikers taking in the spring wildflower display. While we’re a good month and a half from the...

Classic Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings. Chicken 'n' pastry. Chicken and slicks. However you say it, it's delicious. And this recipe is packed with veggies, protein, and homemade goodness. A perfect cold-weather snack that speaks of comfort and home. This particular recipe features...

The Ultimate North Carolina Bucket List

People have a habit of falling in love with the state of North Carolina. Whether you crave the rolling countryside, the Appalachian mountain views, or the feeling of saltwater curling about your toes, there's something for everyone here. Yes, there's so much to cover...

5 Short and Easy Hikes on the Eno River

I’ve lived minutes from the Eno River for most of my life. I spent some time living near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and have lived a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, but Piedmont North Carolina’s Eno River is the sweet, humble body of water that...

Jordan Lake, North Carolina: Where Eagles Dare

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, seeing a bald eagle in the wild was a fantasy as far-fetched as dreaming I’d one day score a Super-Bowl-winning touchdown for the Buffalo Bills. Forty years later, I can make one of those crazy dreams a reality on any given...

5 Gorgeous North Carolina Hikes for Flower Lovers

Late spring is reason enough to take a high-country hike. Temperatures are moderate, the Southern Appalachian hardwood canopy is just starting to pop, with its bright green hue, the humidity is still at civil levels. Throw in the prospect for rhododendron and mountain...