One of the things I love most about living in North Carolina is the incredible natural beauty of our state — from beaches to mountains, and everything in between — offering countless opportunities to get outdoors and be active. And helping us do that is our outstanding state park system, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
As you know if you’ve followed my blog for a while, I love visiting parks across the state and going hiking with my family. So I was really excited to be invited to participate in a new initiative called Hike NC! by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Note: I received a travel voucher for my participation. All opinions are my own.
BCBSNC is partnering with the North Carolina State Parks system and others to offer Hike NC!: more than 60 guided hikes this fall and winter.
Hike NC! aims to makes hiking an easier, more approachable experience for North Carolinians across the state. Hikes are free, family-friendly and open to all ages and levels. Each hike is led by a trained guide, making it easier for participants to enjoy the outdoors and explore some of the best natural beauty North Carolina has to offer.
Hike NC! is the next chapter of BCBSNC’s Get Outside North Carolina (GO NC!) community program, which was created in 2012 to encourage North Carolinians to get outside and be active.
The first step in planning your hike is to go to the Hike NC! website and click on “Find Your Hike.” From there, you can choose the region you’d like to visit, and view descriptions of the hikes and parks.
My hike: Indian Creek Trail at Hanging Rock State Park
I decided on the Indian Creek Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, which is listed in the Triad section of the Hike NC! website. Hanging Rock is one of my favorite parks in the state. It has so much to offer, it’s like several parks in one! There are waterfalls, a lake, river, creeks, a mountain top to stand on with incredible views, camp sites and more. With some 15 trails to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone at Hanging Rock.
When you go, I recommend making your first stop the Visitor’s Center. There you can get a map and the staff can help with directions.
Here’s a photo tour of my hike on the Indian Creek Trail, a mostly wooded path that features two waterfalls and ends at the Dan River.
Visit gohikenc.com to find a hike near you!
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