New TRACK trails
The Kids in Parks program now has 26 TRACK trails open in North Carolina, with the latest opening in Morrow Mountain State Park in Albemarle and Lake Norman State Park in Troutman. The TRACK trail at Morrow Mountain is on the park's 0.6-mile Quarry Trail, which features scenic stream crossings and an old stone quarry. The Lake Norman State Park's TRACK trail follows the Lakeshore Trail, a beautiful 2.5-mile loop. Other TRACK trail locations include Pisgah National Forest, Mount Airy's Aarat River Greenway, Elk Knob State Park, Lake James State Park and W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. TRACK trails are designed to get North Carolina families outdoors and connected to nature. Each trail has a series of self-guided brochures designed to turn the hike into a discovery-packed adventure, and kids can earn prizes for tracking their hikes in an online journal on the TRACK website. Kids in Parks is a program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. For more, visit kidsinparks.com.