Events


Throughout 2023, trail events will be held across the state, including guided hikes, rides, or paddles, celebrations, ribbon cuttings, workdays and more. Find an event near you or explore trails throughout the Great Trails State. With a goal to hold events in all 100 North Carolina counties we encourage you to attend or help plan an event in your community.

Dec 2022

Sat 31
December 31, 2022    
8:00 am – 11:30 am

Carolina Beach State Park Trail Half & 5k

The Carolina Beach State Park Trail Half Marathon & 5K is a trail race in Carolina Beach, NC. With 13.1 and 3.1 mile courses, all […]
Sat 31
December 31, 2022    
9:00 am – 11:00 am

New Year’s Resolution Trail Runs (5k & 10k)

Friends of the Valdese Rec invites you to start 2023 (on Dec 31 2022) with a challenge and tackle the trails of Valdese Lakeside Park in our […]
Sat 31
December 31, 2022    
9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Marion New Year’s Eve Celebration

Join the City of Marion for it’s 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Gold Nugget Drop. Events kickoff at 9:00 p.m. and continue through midnight when […]

Jan 2023

Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
All Day

NC First Day Outdoors

NC First Day Outdoors invites everyone in North Carolina to get outside and try a trail to kick off the new year. Look for organized […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Carver’s Creek State Park – Sandhills Nature Hike

Nature Hike (Sandhills Access): Meet at the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Street for a 2-mile hike to explore the sights and sounds of the Sandhills Access. […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Carvers Creek and Long Valley Farm First Day Outdoors History Hike

Join us for a 3-mile walk around the Long Valley Farm park area to learn more of the history of the park, going back to […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Children’s Sense Hike at Long Valley Farm, Carvers Creek State Park

Join our park superintendent on a 1-mile hike designed to introduce children (and kids of all ages!) to nature and experiencing the wonders of the […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Carolina Godiva Track Club New Year’s Day 8k Run

Godiva Track Club has held a New Year’s Day Run for about 40 years, but in 2023 we’re moving the event to Hillsborough where we’ll […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Morrow Mountain State Park – First Day Hike

This is a 3 mile trail with a difficulty level of moderate. This is a beautiful scenic trail showcasing the beauty of Morrow Mountain State […]
Sun 1
January 1, 2023    
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Group Hike – 3 Miles

Enjoy views of Lake Rhodhiss during Friend of the Valdese Rec’s monthly First Sunday Group Hike. Attendees will gather at the restrooms at the main […]
Sun 15
January 15, 2023    
9:00 am

MST Winter Hike

MST Winter Hike – NC 191 to Folk Art Center 9:00 AM Hike 14.0, 2050 ft. ascent, Rated AA-AA, at-mst Les Love, 828-230-1861, lesrlove55@gmail.com and Catherine Love, 828-658-1489, catmlove2@gmail.com Only […]
Sat 28
January 28, 2023    
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fonta Flora State Trail Community Workday – Lake James State Park

On Saturday, January 28, 2023, volunteers from the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail (FMST), Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail (F3ST), Northwest NC Mountain […]

Mar 2023

Fri 10
March 10, 2023    
All Day

Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit

https://www.piedmonttrails.org/

Jun 2023

Thu 1
June 1, 2023 – June 4, 2023    
All Day

NC Trail Days

Join us June 1-4 for the annual NC Trail Days in Elkin, NC. Nestled between 2 state parks, Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain, Elkin is […]
Sat 3
June 3, 2023    
All Day

National Trails Day