Can you walk, bike, hike 100 miles? NC Parks issues challenge
Posted October 26, 2016
Updated October 27, 2016
N.C. Parks, celebrating its 100th year, recently launched a digital version of its 100 Mile Challenge.
The state parks system is challenging residents to hike, bike, run, walk, ride, roll or paddle 100 miles. The state has 1,200 miles of hiking trails at state parks, including more than 600 completed miles of the Mountains to Sea State Trail, to explore.
But you don't have to complete your miles in a state park. You can walk along the greenway in your community or explore the outdoors beyond your backyard. The goal, I'm told, is to encourage all of us to get out there, get some exercise and enjoy nature.
As part of the program, users can keep track of their miles and earn digital badges for exploring state parks, participating in events and reaching mileage milestones, according to a press release. Participants who complete all 100 miles will receive a commemorative pin.
This could be a fun activity for families as they chart their progress and get active. If you're not sure where to start, earlier this year, Sean Higgins with N.C. Parks offered some great tips for parents who want to hike with their kids. He also shared his favorite hikes for families in the area at Umstead State Park, Eno River State Park, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and elsewhere.
The 100 Mile Challenge website has much more information about the program and how to get involved.