June 4, 2012. Come to Elk Knob State Park for their June 2012 programs. Their programs include a Summit Trail hike, a Hummingbird meet and greet, insights on the life of a park ranger and The Great American Back Yard Campout. Bring the whole family and enjoy these fun and educational programs.
Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m. – Summit Trail Hike
Come to Elk Knob State Park and enjoy being a part of National Trails Day. This day is set aside to hike some of the most beautiful trails in the nation. Along with a park ranger, hikers can hike up the summit trail to an elevation of 5, 520 feet to see panoramic views of the valleys below. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, come dressed for the elements and enjoy a great hike.
Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m. – Hummingbirds
The hummingbird is one of Earth’s most phenomenal flying creatures! Learn how these tiny acrobats of the bird world survive in our big, big world. In this one-hour program, get information on attracting hummingbirds to your yard and enjoy an opportunity to view these birds up close. Meet at the park office for this one-hour program.
Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m. – The Many Hats of a Park Ranger
No two days are the same for most North Carolina State Park Rangers, and that’s part of the excitement of having this job. Bring the family and come learn the various “hats” park rangers wear and explore some of the tools of the trade. Meet at the park office for this one-hour program.
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m. – The Great American Back Yard Campout
Novice campers are invited to join the rangers for an enjoyable night of camping at the park. This event allows participants a night of supervised camping at Elk Knob State Park; and the staff provides the tents, dinner, s’mores and interesting programs to fill the night with entertainment. Participants should bring snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast for the morning, and their own sleeping bags/blankets. The campout is free but registration is required by June 18. You may register by calling 828-297-7261. Space is limited to the first 25 people. Adults must accompany children.
Some of the campout activities include astronomy, a bird hike and an owl presentation with live owls. Brett Butler, a local Native American Cultural Educator, will be demonstrating tipi setup, Native American history including primitive skills and tools, and open-fire cooking. Don’t miss a great opportunity to try camping and have fun in the outdoors. It may be the start of a new hobby for the entire family.
Elk Knob State Park is located at 5564 Meat Camp Road in Todd.
For more information, call 828-297-7261.