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Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, all programs and activities including Urban Hikes are cancelled until further notice. 

Questions about Urban Hikes?   Call 254.0907.   For updates about city operations, visit Website


Join us for a FREE Urban Hike 

Hikes are designed to take inform, create awareness and learn while taking in our local surroundings. Hikes are geared to ages 10 and up and usually last 90 minutes. Those leasing the hikes are experts in their fields. 

Pre-registration is required.    If you have questions, please call (910) 254-0907.

Environmental Hikes

Thurs. May 7 @ 10 am  NOTE:  the March 19 hike has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns
Join us for a one-hour eco-hike/clean-up combo around Greenfield Lake and learn about its history, diverse wildlife and how storm water and trash pollution impacts our water system Meet at the boat house located near the playground at Greenfield Lake.  Please park near the tennis courts behind 302 Willard St. and plan to meet at the boat house. 

About our hike leader:  Kay-Lynn Plummer-Hernandez

Kay Lynn has been with Cape Fear River Watch for 10 years working to assure children, regardless of their family's income level, can attend her environmental education programs and events.  Before coming to CFRW, she managed three nature parks in the Caribbean, worked as a biologist/project manager for a major consulting firm, and conducted biological research for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Community Garden Hikes

Thurs. October 22 @ 10 am Meeting Location: TBD  NOTE:  the March26  hike has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns

Community Garden Urban Hike will explore a few of the 11 community gardens located in this area. The spring hike will emphasize planting season, soil mixtures and maintenance of many different crops that are indigenous to North Carolina.  We will begin our hike at the MLK Center located at 401 S. 8th Street.

About our hike leader:  David Brenner
Founder Wilmington Green, Sustainable Community Garden Initiative in 2015 and have 10 gardens  and one two acre Urban Farm in this area. Wilmington Green recently merged with Community Enrichment Initiative, Inc. in 2018 – Concentration on promoting better nutrition and providing more food for our Food Insecure Neighbors. David is currently an executive board member on Cape Fear Food Council . In 2013 David became a master gardener.  He retired in 2010 to move to Wilmington to be near his grandchildren

Black History Hikes 

Two Dates:   Thurs. April 2 & Thurs. Oct. 29 @ 10 am
Meet at MLK Center, 401 S. 8th Street

This hike will be one and a half to two miles long. It will start at the MLK Center, on 8th and will meander around the area including 7th Street – to cover the Gregory Congregational Church where he will discuss the Wilmington Ten.  Urban Hikers will learn about historical sites such as Gregory High, Robert Strange Park and Williston School.  This hike will be full of history gems before heading back to MLK Center. 

About our hike leader:  Imam Abdul Rahman Shareef
Imam Abdul Rahman Shareef, is a noted historian and has traveled around the globe and was featured in the North Carolina Portraits of Faith highlighting the history of religions in the state of North Carolina. He is frequently requested to speak on Black History at many public forums. 

History & Architecture Hike

Thursday, April 16 @ 10 amdowntown urban hike
Meet @ MLK Center, 401 S.  8th St. Wilmington 

About our hike leader - Beverly Tetterton
Beverly. Tetterton spent 31 years working as a research librarian in the North Carolina Room at the New Hanover County Public Library and was responsible for the creation of numerous digital archive collections which include thousands of historic photographs of the Cape Fear Region. Her two mile historic hikes will be educational and informative. 

Downtown History & Architecture Hike

Thursday, April 30 @ 10 am
Meet Downtown @  Intersection of Water St. and Orange St.
Hike Guide:  Beverly Tetterton (see bio above)

During  this hike history and architecture will be discussed.  

Urban Health and Wellness Hike

Tuesday, May 12 @ 9 am
Hugh MacRae Park, Shelter #2 near the playground.

This Urban Hike will take place in a mainly shaded area, and sunscreen samples will be provided. The hike will focus on sun safety tips for those with an outdoor lifestyle. People need to do the things they love to do outdoors, but do them safely! 

Our city offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, including water sports and activities on the beach, where sun exposure is intense. Physical activity is crucial for our health and wellbeing, but it is important that people learn to pursue these outdoor activities in a sun-safe manner.

About our hike leader:  Dr .Marie Hardy 

Dr. Marie Hardy is a dermatologist with Dermatology Associates, PA in Wilmington. She has practiced in Wilmington for 14 years and treats a great deal of sun damage and skin cancer.

1898 Urban Hike

Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 10 am
Meet up place TBD
Hike Guide:  Sonya Bennetone-Patrick

This Urban Hike will venture through the history of 1898 to learn about the Wilmington coup of 1898, which occurred Thursday, November 10, 1898. 

About our hike leader: Sonya Bennetone-Patrick (AmenRa)
Sonya Bennetone-Patrick (AmenRa) has dedicated her life to fighting for social justice and change within the political, medical and educational system. She has also worked hard to educate the community about the current and historical impact of racism. She has remained unrelenting and persevering in her fight for social justice, using both organizational strategies as well as civil protest. Sonya Bennetone-Patrick (AmenRa) currently is a community organizer holds various offices on the national, state, regional and county level.


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