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This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and the North Carolina State Parks system launched Hike NC!, a community initiative that takes the hesitation out of hiking, and encourages North Carolinians to get moving. Hike NC! is a series of more than 60 guided hikes in North Carolina’s state parks and nature preserves. Hikes are free and are led by the state’s top hiking and nature experts.

Hike NC! makes hiking easier and more approachable for North Carolinians, regardless of their age, fitness level, or hiking experience.

“As a North Carolina company, it’s our mission to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities,” said Kathy Higgins, Blue Cross NC’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “We’re removing all the barriers that prevent people from hiking so that now the only thing that should stop people is the beautiful scenery they’ll experience.”

Inaugural hikes for the initiative begin October 1, and run through the end of the year. Residents can learn more about hikes in their area by viewing the full list at Individuals can search for hikes by region and register for the hike that’s right for them, based on distance, time, location, and level of trail difficulty. Then, they simply need to show up, meet their guide, and begin hiking.

Hikes will be held across six regions in North Carolina:

  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Greenville-New Bern
  • The Triad
  • The Triangle
  • Wilmington

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