Snakes, Snake Bites, and How to Avoid Them

If you spend enough time outdoors on the trail, it won’t take long to come across a snake. The good news is, even though many people are terrified of snakes, chances are pretty low (less than 0.2%) you will ever be killed by one. Although snakes can be found when out exploring almost any month […]

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Deep River Rail Trail – Ramseur

What:  Nature Walk Distance:  0.6 miles (1.2 out and back) Where:  Ramseur, NC Parking:  35.733045, -79.670452 The Deep River Rail Trail is an on-going project along the Deep River State Trail with the ultimate goal of a gently rolling walking and biking path along the abandoned right-of-way of railroad tracks near Deep River. The trail is one […]

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Sliding Rock

Where: Sliding Rock, Pisgah National Forest Type of Activity: Swimming, Natural Rock Slide Distance: 0.1 mile (paved sidewalk) Parking: 35.311776, -82.787660 Sliding Rock is a natural waterfall located on Highway 276 between Brevard and Waynesville. This location got it’s name because visitors can slide (around 60 feet) down the waterfall into a cold pool of water. It’s […]

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Hooker Falls

Where: Hooker Falls, DuPont State Forest What: Hiking Distance: 0.3 miles (0.6 round trip) Parking: 35.202123, -82.620218 Hooker Falls is a popular waterfall and swimming hole in DuPont State Forest just a 0.3 mile walk from the Hooker Falls parking lot on Staton Rd. Although the waterfall is not high (only about 12-14 feet), the waterfall […]

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Triple Falls

Where: Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest What: Hiking Distance: 0.4 miles (0.8 round trip) Parking: 35.202123, -82.620218 Triple Falls is a three-stage 120-foot waterfall located in DuPont State Forest. The falls are a popular attraction, recognizable in the movie The Hunger Games (here is a YouTube video detailing the locations). Park in the Hooker Falls parking […]

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Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Where:  Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head Type of Activity: Exploring, Hiking, Kiting, Hang Gliding Distance: Variable This article is a deviation from the standard post you will find at ExploreNCOutdoors. Traditionally we encourage exploring the great outdoors, usually by providing a map, a trail, and a few pictures at the location. Jockey’s Ridge State Park doesn’t […]

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Faith Rock

Where: Franklinville, NC Type of Activity:  Short Hike Distance: 0.3 mile (0.6  mile round trip) Parking:  35.743479, -79.697020   This hidden gem in the little town of Franklinville, NC on the banks of the Deep River is an excellent place to explore with an interesting historical significance. Park in a small gravel pull off on Andrew […]

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Currituck Banks Reserve Boardwalk Trail

Where: Corolla, NC Type of Activity: Short Hike Distance: 0.3 miles one way (0.6 round trip) This little gem of a trail is located at the end of Ocean Trail in Corolla. There is a small parking lot for visitors to the hiking trail. The 0.3 mile trail leads from the parking lot to a viewing platform on […]

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Newfound Gap

Where: Newfound Gap, NC/TN State Line Type of Activity: Hiking, Scenic Distance: Variable Newfound Gap, on Highway 441 between Cherokee and Gatlinburg, TN, is a popular stop for visitors who want to see some amazing views of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At 5,046 feet, this parking lot is actually the lowest pass over the […]

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Mingo Falls

Where: Mingo Falls, near Cherokee Activity: Short hike Distance: 0.2 miles (0.4 round trip) Mingo Falls is a 120 foot waterfall, just 15 minutes north of Cherokee off of Big Cove Rd. Although the trail says the falls are 0.4 miles from the trailhead, the falls were actually only about 0.2 miles from the small parking lot, making […]

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