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Four fun days scheduled in area state parks

Article Published: Jun. 9, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2011
Four fun days scheduled in area state parks

A ranger leads a presentation at Elk Knob Community Day.
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This is the summer to visit High Country state parks.

The Friends of High Country State Parks (FHCSP) urge residents of the High Country to come out this summer and spend a special day at each of the four North Carolina state parks in the northwestern mountains.

With four special events scheduled, residents and visitors have an opportunity to drop in with their family, bring a picnic and enjoy the diverse recreational opportunities offered at Elk Knob, Grandfather Mountain, New River and Mount Jefferson state parks.

The first opportunity is this Sunday, June 12, at Mount Jefferson State Park. The event will start at the park's picnic shelter at 2 p.m., with live music from Dave Haney and Lisa Baldwin.

Music will be followed by a brief overview of area parks from FHCSP member Jay Wild and a quick look at "The Wonders of Mount Jefferson" from ranger Tom Randolph. High school students Sydney Powell and Cheyenne Blevins will share what inspires them about the mountain.

Then see for yourself. Starting at 3 p.m., visitors who take the scenic drive to the top can pause at the second overlook, where a special interpreter will be pointing out landmarks in three states. Or take a 1-mile ranger-led walk to Luther Rock for breathtaking views.

New River State Park's New River Celebration Day occurs Saturday, July 23, with all types of events, activities, exhibits and more.

An event is being planned for Grandfather Mountain in August (details are being finalized).

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day is a major celebration and potluck lunch at the park co-sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) and Elk Knob State Park.

The Friends of High Country State Parks will have a booth at each event to encourage local efforts to support recreation, education, preservation and adequate funding at local state parks.

For more information, visit and type "Friends of High Country State Parks" in the search field at the top.

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