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The Great Outdoors

Outdoor events at local state parks / Durham Parks and Recreation / skywatching sessions

ENO RIVER STATE PARK

6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, 919-383-1686, website:

  • Mushroom Madness—Thursday, November 17, 1–3pm. Join a 1.5-mile hike off and on Buckquarter Creek Trail in search of local mushrooms. Learn how to figure out what they are and whether they’re edible. Call to register; everybody will meet at Fews Ford Access.

  • Talkin’ Turkey—Sunday, November 20, 3:30–4:30pm. Learn all about wild turkeys and make a turkey call to take home. Call to register; everybody will meet at Fews Ford Access.

  • History Hike: Fanny Breeze—Tuesday, November 22, 12:30–2:30pm. Join a hike along Fanny’s Ford Trail and learn about Fanny Breeze, a formerly enslaved person who later became a popular midwife Call to register; everybody will meet at Fews Ford Access.

  • Holden Mill Settlement Hike—Wednesday, November 23, 1–3pm. Join a off-trail hike to an old settlement that used to be Holden Mill. Learn some local history, which includes racial strife and the first NC governor to face impeachment (William Woods Holden). Call to register; everybody will meet at Dumont Drive Access, in Hillsborough.

These are free events! Call the Eno River Association at 919-620-9099 or click here for more info.

FALLS LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, 919-676-1027, website:

No events have been scheduled at this time.

JORDAN LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

280 State Park Rd, Apex, 919-362-0586, website:

No events have been scheduled at this time.

OCCONEECHEE MOUNTAIN STATE NATURAL AREA

625 Virginia Cates Rd, Hillsborough; managed by staff at the Eno River State Park Office, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, 919-383-1686, website:

  • Turtle Superpowers in Winter—Wednesday, November 9, 5–5:45pm. Learn how turtles survive the window and join a short hike in search of them. Call to register.

  • Hot Cocoa with a Ranger—Monday, November 21, 4–5pm. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and learn what being a park ranger is all about. Call to register.

  • Occoneechee Mountain Geology and History Hike—Saturday, November 26, 1:30–2:30pm. Learn some local geologic history, discover the four summits, and see the habitat for the mountain’s elusive butterflies. Call to register.

WILLIAM B UMSTEAD STATE PARK

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, 919-571-4170, website:

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No events have been scheduled at this time.

DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION OUTDOOR EVENTS
  • DPR will offer a West Point Park Tour at West Point on the Eno Park (5150 N Roxboro Rd) on Saturdays, 11am–2pm. See the West Point Mill, McCown-Mangum House, and the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography and learn about the people who lived, worked, and played in the area. Tours will start at the top of each hour; click here for more info.

  • DPR will offer a West Point Park Tour at West Point on the Eno Park (5150 N Roxboro Rd) on Sundays, 11am–2pm. See the West Point Mill, McCown-Mangum House, and the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography and learn about the people who lived, worked, and played in the area. Tours will start at the top of each hour; click here for more info.

SKYWATCHING SESSIONS
  • Views from The Durham—Monday, September 12, 8–11pm, on the roof of The Durham Hotel (315 E Chapel Hill St). Morehead Planetarium educators will host this skywatching session and encourage everyone to view the nighttime sky through one of their telescopes. DJ Mic Check will play music from 8 to 10 and stargazing will take place between 9 and 11. This all-ages event is free; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

OTHER
  • Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, September 2, 9–11pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask.