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Take a Hike! National Trails Day at North Carolina Zoo - June 4, 2022

Take a Hike! National Trails Day at North Carolina Zoo - June 4, 2022

Take a Hike! National Trails Day at North Carolina Zoo - June 4, 2022

Asheboro, N.C. – June 1, 2022 - The North Carolina Zoo invites the public to celebrate National Trails Day on Sat. June 4, beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s ceremony is a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for three new sections of the Zoo’s Purgatory Mountain Trail, which completes its network. This trail network project began nearly 20 years ago with a single pathway that closely followed an old logging road.

Participants should gather beginning at 10 a.m. at the Purgatory Mountain Trailhead at the Zoo’s North America Parking Lot, Section A, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, N.C. 27205.

After the ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. Zoo staff members will lead guided hikes and share information about the natural and cultural history of the property. Each hike will be limited to 15 participants.

RSVPs are not required.

All children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. The trails are not designed to be stroller accessible. Please dress for the weather and bring your water bottle as you join us on June 4 for the Zoo’s National Trails Day event!


About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,700 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.

About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. 

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 814-6800 or visit