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HERE’S HOPING THE ONLY BIG BANGS IN THE SATURDAY NIGHT SKY OVER KERR LAKE…ARE THE FIREWORKS!

Some bang, bangs and a band headline this year’s 4th of July celebration at Satterwhite Point State Recreation Area.  Sponsored by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority in cooperation with NC State Parks the event typically draws crowds on the land and on the water and this year will be held on this coming Saturday, July 2 from 6:30 – 10 PM.

Here’s a flyer link with more information in case you want to share!

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Enjoy and remember the meaning associated with July 4th.

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VOLUNTEER DAY FOR HIBERNIA MAY 21HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST

The headquarters for Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas at Satterwhite Point has announced a Volunteer Day at Hibernia on Saturday, May 21st.  “We know it’s a little late and short notice, but there are a lot of mitigating circumstances with staff moves and some maintenance projects,” said Assistant Superintendent Lee Amos, “But we are hoping that members of Kerr Lake Park Watch and the general public will turn out for a while to help and that the weather will cooperate.”

Projects on tap for this year’s Volunteer Day include putting up some signs on some trails, recently refurbished by the maintenance and park personnel.  Several display cases that will house, for educational and informational purposes, both historical and environmental items and info have been built along some of Hibernia’s trails.

Park staff also hopes to work on the Hargrove family cemetery in which is buried the original owner and builder of Hibernia.  The cemetery needs some attention along with metal fence painting.  Real go-getters can bring limb trimming equipment and help push back limbs from campsites.  Last year’s successful Volunteer Day prompted a video about how a few can do much:  KLPW 2015 VOL DAY at HIBERNIA

Volunteers are badly needed, particularly with a short invite window.  Volunteers are asked to be at the picnic shelter between Area 2 and Area 3 on the main park road at 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 21.  For more information, contact the park office at (252) 438-7791.

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS – SEE THE VIDEOS & SHARE

As we get ready for another active season at all the parks around Kerr Lake, there are seven of them that are actually called State Recreation Areas that are part of a year-long celebration.  The seven State Recreation Areas are on the North Carolina side of Kerr Lake and they are a part of the North Carolina Division of State Parks, now celebrating 100 years of bringing the outdoors to the state’s citizens and visitors.

The mission of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation is:

Conservation: To protect North Carolina’s natural diversity through careful selection and stewardship of state parks system lands;

Recreation: To provide and promote outdoor recreation opportunities in the state parks system and throughout the state; and

Education: To encourage appreciation of North Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage through diverse educational opportunities;

for all citizens of and visitors to the State of North Carolina.

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The seven SRA’s, beginning on the northern most and eastern side of Kerr Lake and continuing clockwise are, Kimball Point, County Line, Bullocksville, Satterwhite Point (JC Cooper), Nutbush, Hibernia and Henderson Point.  Close to 1.5 million people visit these parks with a total of nearly 2.5 million visiting Kerr Lake annually.  If there are any locally planned commemorative events celebrating state parks’ 100 years, Kerr Lake Park Watch has not received any notice.  We, the more than 450 members of Kerr Lake Park Watch wish to celebrate Kerr Lake and its seven recreation areas and the men and women who support the mission of those and other state parks.  It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and we think this artwork by R F Timberlake captures the essence of our state recreation areas.

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Several videos on the development of the North Carolina state park system and its value to citizens and visitors have been produced.  You can see these videos, an hour feature produced by UNC Public TV and the another a half-hour program produced by state parks.

UNCTV Program Link:  Saving The Best:  North Carolina Parks at 100

 

NC Division of State Parks Link:  Here In This Place

At Kerr Lake Park Watch we hope that you will continue to visit our parks around the lake and enjoy the more than 40 state parks in North Carolina.  And remember, to be a member, at no cost, simply load your email near the top right side of the blog and that’s how you receive information and offer ideas and input.

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STARRY, STARRY NIGHT…AS THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT

 Staunton River Star Party public viewing night March 12

(SCOTTSBURG) – The public is invited to visit Staunton River State Park for an evening of stargazing on Saturday, March 12, 8 to 11 p.m. Visitors will be able to view a variety of planets, star clusters, and other celestial objects through telescopes. Seasoned astronomers will share information about the night sky.

Staunton River State Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Staunton River Star Party takes place in the park twice a year, in March and April. Star party participants who have pre-registered will be set up in the observing field near the visitor center.

The park also offers star gazing programs throughout the year.

Visitors should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red lens. Red cellophane will be provided to cover flashlights if needed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the “Deep Sky Diner” located in the park bathhouse.

Parking will be at the pool parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center, in order to keep car headlights off the viewing area. The public viewing night on March 12 is free of charge.

For more information about the event visit www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For park information you may call 434-572-4623, or email stauntonriver@dcr.virginia.gov.

For general information or to make overnight reservations at Staunton River or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 800-933-7275.

 

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THIS IS STAR GAZING WEEK AT ONE OF THE KERR LAKE STATE PARKS IN VIRGINIA

Staunton River Star Party offers free public viewing night October 17

SCOTTSBURG – The Staunton River Star Party will return to Staunton River State Park Oct. 12 – 18 for registered participants. A free public viewing night will be offered on Saturday, October 17 from 8 to 11 p.m. Join members of the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) for their fall star party. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the night sky, and view various celestial objects.

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Astronomers from across the country converge here in Halifax County each spring and fall to take advantage of the area’s exceptionally dark night skies. The star party also features guest speakers and a variety of vendors geared to astronomy enthusiasts.

Star party goers this year will also be celebrating the designation of Staunton River State Park as an “International Dark Sky Park,” the 25th park in the world to attain that status.

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Guests at the Saturday evening event will have a chance to mingle with amateur astronomers who will share their telescopes and their knowledge.

Stargazers should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red lens to preserve the dark night views. (Red cellophane will be provided for those who don’t have a red lens.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the beach concession area.

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Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For specific information about the park you may call 434-572-4623, or email stauntonriver@dcr.virginia.gov.

For general information or to make overnight reservations at Staunton River or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 800-933-7275.

 

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BIG BLOW UP SCHEDULED FOR KERR LAKE JULY 4TH!

The Vance County Tourism Development Authority will hold the 20th annual fireworks display over the water at beautiful Satterwhite Point, Kerr Lake, Henderson, NC on July 4.   Frankie Faucet and “the Drips” will perform Beach and Oldie’s music along with your favorites from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Bring a lawn chair, blanket and flash light, kick back and enjoy.  Come early and grill your own meal or enjoy great food provided by vendors.  T-Shirts, glow sticks and homemade ice cream will be available for sale.  Representative from the American Legion will provide American flags for sale throughout the evening will present flags to veterans who served our country.

Fireworks will light up the waters over Kerr Lake at 9:15 pm.  NC State Parks will charge a $6.00 parking fee per car. Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED!

For more information contact:  Nancy Wilson, Vance County Tourism Dept.- 252-438-2222 www.kerrlake-nc.com.

 

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Kerr Lake’s Virginia State Parks Invite you to Walk, Run or Ride on National Trails Day

Whether you just want to quietly want to walk and observe or really move on down the trail, the Virginia State Parks around Kerr Lake have opportunities for you.  This Saturday, June 6th, is National Trails Days and you can do everything from pick your path at Occoneechee to help clean or build trails at the other parks.  Discover below how you can volunteer and or just enjoy!

 

Occoneechee State Park 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd., Clarksville, VA 23927 Phone: 434-374-2210   Email Address: Occoneechee@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/occoneechee.shtml

Event time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

National Trails Day is a day to remember how lucky we are to have well-maintained trails for enjoyment in our community. So come out and celebrate at Occoneechee State Park and take advantage of one of the 8 trails the park has to offer.

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There are surprises at Occoneechee!

The 1.2 mile, circular Old Plantation Trail contains interpretive signs that can teach you about the various structures located on the old plantation grounds. It also encompasses the peaceful, scenic landscape of the Terrace Gardens.

Bird-lovers will enjoy the 1.1 mile long Tutelo Birding Trail which contains an elevated look-out that can be used to discover the various birds Occoneechee has to offer.

The Mossey Creek and Big Oak Nature Trails allow you to get away from everyday stress with tranquil, wooded landscapes that can help you reconnect with nature.

The 1.5 mile Mossey Creek Trail contains a small, peaceful creek and connects with the .4 mile Warrior’s Path.

If you’ve never seen a beaver dam, then hike the 1.7 mile Beaver Pond Trail to see all the hard work that beavers put into creating their homes.

There is also the 7.5 mile Panhandle Multiuse Trail, which can be used for horseback riding and biking.

No matter what kind of hike you prefer, Occoneechee has the perfect trail for you.

 

Staunton River State Park 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA 24589 Phone: 434-572-4623   Email Address: StauntonRiver@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river.shtml

Event time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hike the River Bank Trail along the Staunton River with a ranger as you conduct trail maintenance, remove debris out of the trail, and look for ways to improve the existing trail system. Along the hike, issues such as trail construction, erosion, and trail maintenance will be discussed so that volunteers will understand why trails require a little TLC from time to time. Virginia State Parks belong to the people, so visit your local state park and help improve it for your fellow nature lovers. At the end of the hike, you will enjoy a free wagon ride back to the Staunton River area.

 

Staunton River Battlefield State Park 1035 Fort Hill Trail, Randolph, VA 23962 Phone: 434-454-4312   Email Address: srbattle@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river-battlefield.shtml

Event time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Seeking volunteers to join park staff in helping with the initial layout and construction of the new trail surrounding Mulberry Hill Pond. Meet at Roanoke Station.

If you would like information on these or other Virginia State Parks, contact, Pat Eastwood, Visitor Services Specialist, Virginia State Parks, Southern Virginia, 434-471-0154.

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VOLUNTEER WORKDAY IN A PARK COMING TO HIBERNIA APRIL 25

Get out your work clothes, hat and work gloves and conjure up a little elbow grease to help get some TO DO’S done in Kerr Lake’s Hibernia, an NC State Recreation Area on Saturday, April 25th.  Hibernia is one of the largest of the seven NC State Recreation Areas on the lake and is located just off NC 39 about a mile north of Townsville.

“We’ve just got some extra things and a little tweaking that the regular staff may or may not have time to do and campers having been telling us that they want to volunteer to help and so the April 25th Volunteer Day just kind of evolved from me and the folks at the office,” said Hibernia Chief Ranger Elliott McDowell, adding, “You have to understand that generations of folks have camped and picnicked here and they want an opportunity to give back to their park.”

McDowell said volunteers and staff will gather Saturday at the picnic shelter between camp areas #2 and #3, at 9:00 AM.  “It’s sort of loosely scheduled from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM, as long as there’s a list and people to work.”

Kerr Lake Park Watch leader Larry Matthews was quick to praise the effort, “This effort by Elliott is absolutely fantastic!  This covers several things we’ve all been seeking: (1) helping to build a comradery between park staff and park users, working on a common goal and developing more than just a police relationship; (2) pointing out park needs, improvements and tweaks from the user’s point of view to the staff; and (3) actually working on our park that we so much appreciate and enjoy.”  Matthews has completely turned around his schedule in order to help.

Another charter member of KLPW Tom Elmore resounded Matthews approval, “We asked, we asked, we asked and now we’re all going to be doing.  All of us who asked for this need to be there, ready to help improve ‘our park.’   Elliott pointed out that is a tight time table but feels the volunteer time needs to happen before the park gets really busy.”

“What a great effort on the part of Ranger McDowell, if only a few hours of work are completed by a small band of folks, added KLPW Lead for Public Affairs Frank Timberlake.  “We will be there with work shoes and gloves on!  I just hope this gets contagious at the other NC parks, plus the Virginia State Parks and Corps of Engineers parks around the lake.  Five generations of my family have and are attached to Kerr Lake and its parks and we feel much more ownership than the government.  We’ve paid a boatload of fees over the years and we don’t mind a little work to add to the joy we’ve received, added Timberlake.”

“Information on this hasn’t really gotten out.  The Kerr Lake park office had no information on it when we called and there’s nothing up on the state website and the short time notice is a bit of a hinderance, but all supporters of the park have to do is share this info and just show up and help the staff.  It’s also a good time for local folks in Granville, Vance and Warren  counties to get familiar with their parks for just a little effort,” commented the Kerr Lake native Timberlake, “Come on! We’ll even find you a drink and some nabs!”

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TRADE CITY LIGHTS FOR STARRY NIGHTS AT THE STAUNTON RIVER STAR PARTY

(SCOTTSBURG) – YOU ARE INVITED!  The public is invited to join the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) for an evening of stargazing on Saturday, March 21, 8 to 11 p.m. CHAOS will be hosting their spring star party at Staunton River State Park March 18 – 21.

As one of the darkest locations in the eastern United States, Staunton River State Park is an ideal location for viewing the night skies. The park recently submitted an application for Dark Sky Park certification to the International Dark Sky Association. 

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The Staunton River Star Party occurs each spring and fall, with participants coming from all along the Eastern seaboard and beyond for this event. Amateur and professional astronomers who have pre-registered will be set up in the observing field near the visitor center.

On Saturday night, weather permitting, visitors will be able to mingle with the astronomers and learn and view planets, stars, nebula and galaxies.

Visitors should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red lens. Red cellophane will be provided to cover flashlights if needed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Parking will be at the pool parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center, in order to keep car headlights off the viewing area. The public viewing night on March 21 is free of charge.

Registration for the full star party closed March 8. For more information about the event or to register for future star parties visit www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For park information you may call 434-572-4623, or email stauntonriver@dcr.virginia.gov.

For general information or to make overnight reservations at Staunton River or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 800-933-7275.

 

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KERR LAKE TRIATHLON SWIMS, BIKES & RUNS THIS WEEKEND

KERR LAKE TRIATHLON SWIMS, BIKES & RUNS THIS WEEKEND

 

If you are camping or boating near Bullocksville and Satterwhite Point this weekend, you may notice that the Kerr Lake Triathlon will get underway from Bullocksville State Recreation Area Sunday morning.

Up to 350 swimmers, bikers and runners will compete in the Sunday event that brings participants from all over the country as it is a sanctioned event.

That also means that boat traffic will be watching and covering swimmers from Bullocksville to Satterwhite Point. If you are not involved with the triathlon, you may want to avoid the area Sunday.

If you would like more information about the event, go to: http://www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2588#top. The Triathlon’s charity for the event is the American Cancer Society.

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