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National Trails Day – NC Zoo

June 1 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


The North Carolina Zoo is excited to celebrate National Trails Day at Ridge’s Mountain on June 1.

The North Carolina Zoo invites visitors to celebrate National Trails Day by hiking Ridge’s Mountain, located at 504 Summit Court, Asheboro, N.C. On June 1, Zoo staff will be available at the trailhead from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to greet hikers and talk about the history of the dramatic landscape.

Ridge’s Mountain Nature Preserve was established in 2000 when the original property was protected in partnership with the Piedmont Land Conservancy. The entire mountain is permanently protected and managed as a State Nature Preserve by the North Carolina Zoo.

Reaching 840 feet in elevation, Ridge’s Mountain is located in the Uwharrie Mountains, approximately 10 miles west of Asheboro, N.C. Ridge’s Mountain is recognized as an important site for wildlife conservation due to the high-quality natural communities within a large, unfragmented area that provides excellent habitat for many plants and animals, such as bobcats, deer, box turtles, and birds.

With the addition to Ridge’s Mountain Nature Preserve, the Zoo is expanding opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation, including expanding hiking trails and guided hikes. The existing two-mile hiking trail follows the ridgeline of the mountain to the summit and then loops back down, highlighting interesting rock formations and massive boulders up to 50 feet tall.

Access to the trail is available to the public by reservation (336-879-7711), but reservations are not needed on June 1 to hike the Ridge’s Mountain trail.

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 in 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.  


June 1
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Ridge’s Mountain
504 Summit Court
Asheboro, NC 27205
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