The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

May 30, 2013

North Carolina state parks gear up for National Get Outdoors Day June 8

Thursday, May 30, 2013 —  RALEIGH – State parks in North Carolina are gearing up for National Trails Day June 1 and National Get Outdoors Day June 8 with a number of special programs designed to enrich the experience of recreation and education in the outdoors, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

 

The state parks system is also joining other national and state organizations to commemorate June as Great Outdoors Month by proclamation of Governor Pat McCrory, designating the time to recognize North Carolina’s wealth of natural resources and the outstanding opportunities they provide for safe and healthy recreation and lifestyles.  

 

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day is the country's largest celebration of trails. Events include hikes, biking, horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations and stewardship projects.

 

“Every day is a great day to connect with nature, but National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day offer opportunities to simply celebrate our state, its natural wonders and its recreation opportunities,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.

“I urge everyone to take the days to explore the state parks and spend time with family and friends in the special settings nature provides.”

 

A highlight of National Get Outdoors Day will be the dedication of two new TRACK Trails designed for childrens’ exploration of nature at Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County and Lake Norman State Park in Iredell County. The TRACK Trails program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and its partners is a network of self-guided hiking trails with activities and learning experiences for youngsters. The state parks system has so far designated 10 TRACK Trails.

 

The Morrow Mountain event will be at 10 a.m. at the swimming pool trailhead. The Lake Norman dedication will be at 2 p.m. at the Lakeshore Trail trailhead on Short Leaf Drive. Ranger-guided hikes will follow the ceremonies.

 

State parks have scheduled more than 24 programs for National Get Outdoors Day, as diverse as astronomy at Mayo River State Park, musket demonstrations at Fort Macon State Park and fishing at Eno River State Park and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. Information about these free programs can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1410S9L. More information about National Get Outdoors Day is at http://bit.ly/2HsWhw.

 

Hammocks Beach State Park will celebrate Military Appreciation Day June 2. All active duty and retired service members and their families are invited to attend. The park will provide ferry rides to Bear Island. Activities for kids include face painting, T-shirt painting, inflatables, waterslides and nature exhibits.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Richfield says fight remains for funds

    While the rest of the county may be breathing a sigh of relief over the new points allotted to N.C. Highway 24-27 by the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Town of Richfield says the fight isn’t over.

    August 1, 2014

  • School board seats see challenge

    Both races for school board will be contested.
    Three incumbents are among the four candidates vying for two seats on the nonpartisan Stanly County Board of Education.

    August 1, 2014

  • Mission team heads to Ukraine

    A team from First Baptist Church of Midland left July 26 for Pyloypovychi, a small village in western Ukraine, near Novograd-Volinsky, near the border of Belarus.

    July 30, 2014

  • Police ready for night out

    Expect a swarm of cops at Roosevelt Ingram Park.
    No, there is no trouble brewing. Aug. 5 marks the annual National Night Out when police officers converge with their respective communities as part of an effort to strengthen relations between law enforcement officers and the public they serve.

    July 30, 2014

  • Eagle Scout Award Stanfield Scout receives Eagle rank

    Wade Mullins of Boy Scout Troop 27 in Stanfield recently earned his Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wool Pool Wool pool draws farmers near, far

    “Yes, sir, yes, sir. Three bags full,” goes “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” the children’s nursery rhyme. Various bags of wool were assembled in Stanly County this week.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police chief resigns

    Stanfield is on the lookout for someone to lead its Police Department following the July 18 resignation of Chief James Schneider. Officer Corie Faggart has been named interim chief while the town seeks interviewees for the post.

    July 28, 2014

  • 24-27 back on list

    After an outpouring of public comment on the N.C. Highway 24-27 project,  the N.C. Department of Transportation says it may have a chance at funding once again.

    July 28, 2014

  • Youth Choir State youth choir shares message in scripture, song

    They came, they sang, they shared a message.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lending A Hand Red Cross, YMCA discuss emergency preparedness

    They may not be in the Coast Guard, or even in the Boy Scouts, but the kids at this year’s YMCA camp can now say they follow the same motto: always be prepared.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide