Park offering two family events today

Pilot Mountain State Park will be the site of two family programs today.

Pilot Mountain State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is celebrating National Get Outdoors Day today with two separate events.

Beginning at 10 a.m the park will be hosting a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for a new interactive trail for kids of all ages. The Trails, Ridges and Active Caring Kids (TRACK ) trek features many activities including a scavenger hunt where the kids can turn in their findings for prizes through the Kids in Parks Program.

“The trail is designed to get kids outdoors and teach them about fire ecology; and getting them exposed to different things.” said Park Ranger Jesse Anderson.

In addition to the TRACK trail grand opening, the park rangers will also host a Kids Night Hike at 8:15 p.m. The children and rangers will meet at the Family Campground Registration Kiosk. The night will proceed on the Grindstone Trail, where the rangers will help children identify different sounds of the night on a short guided hike followed by playing various games and end the day with a ghost story.

These events are followed by the commemoration of June as Great Outdoors Month by the proclamation of Gov. Pat McCrory in June of 2013.

Eva Queen can be reached at or at 336-415-4739.

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