Celebrate 100 Years of North Carolina's State Parks

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Celebrate Our Centenial!



Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system will celebrate its centennial. One of the nation’s first state parks was created 100 years ago at the summit of Mount Mitchell, and since then, the system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres set aside for conservation, recreation and education. The occasion offers North Carolinians an opportunity to celebrate this achievement and to rededicate themselves to the stewardship of this stunning landscape. Every state park will hold a special event to mark the centennial. Here, you’ll find details about those events as well as the 100-mile hiking challenge, a park passport program and more (upcoming in 2016). Celebrate with us and rediscover North Carolina’s state parks as places to learn about our environment, to relax with family and reconnect with nature.

Centenial Events at Every Park

Here are a list of parks, followed by a link  to access all of the park/events

5k Trail Run
Register to participate in a 5k trail run to dedicate the newly constructed nature trail and support the Friends of Fort Macon. Check-in and registration will start at 7am. Preregistration will open in March and will be available on www.runtheeast.com.
Date of Event:
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Fort Parking Lot
Lake James State Park

Campfires, S'mores, and Lake James Natural History
What better way to discuss amphibians then by a fire? By doing it with S'mores! Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof in the Paddy's Creek Campground for a campfire program on amphibians, complete with the NC State Park centenniel S'more theme. The program will happen near the bathhouse so bring your camp chairs and prepare to learn about amphibians. The program will start at 7:00 pm so don't be late!

Date of Event:
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Campground
Gorges State Park

Gorges Gratitude Days
Gorges Gratitude Days will offer something for everyone with special presentations on a variety of topics including falconry, black bears, geology, and local folk lore. Live music, Food vendors and opportunities to meet community organizations. This event is Proudly Sponsored by The Friends of Gorges State Park (F.O.G) and is free for Everyone!
Date of Event:
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Vistitor Center
Carolina Beach State Park

100th Year Celebration of NC State Parks: Carolina Beach State Park Marina Day
Join us for a fun filled day at the Carolina Beach State Park Marina from 10am to 4pm. There will be classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards and much much more. Bring the whole family out for the fun. For more information contact the park office at (910) 458-8206 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Date of Event:
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Marina
Singletary Lake State Park
910- 669-2928

Singletary Lake Centennial Celebration
Enjoy a unique experience at Singletary Lake State Park. Ranger led hikes, canoe programs, and special tours of our historic camp will be offered throught the day. More programs and activities will be scheduled as well. Come out and celebrate State Parks 100 Year Anniversary with us!
Date of Event:
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Singletary Lake Group Camp
Lake Waccamaw State Park

Centennial Music Festival
Join us for a day of music, food and fun to celebrate the 100th anniversary of North Carolina State Parks! Bands and musical groups will be providing outdoor entertainment near the Visitor Center from 10:00am until 10:00pm, a full day of entertainment. For more information about this Centennial event, please call the park office at (910) 646-4748.
Date of Event:
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center




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