Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Thousands Of Hummingbirds Are Headed Right For North Carolina During Their Migration This Spring
Good news, North Carolina! The annual hummingbird migration is officially underway and we’re ready to begin spotting the graceful Ruby-throated hummingbird in back yards around parts of the Tar Heel State! Each fall, thousands of these exquisite winged creatures migrate south from as far as Canada all the way down to Central America, Mexico, and parts of Florida – until it’s time to head north again in the spring to breed. So, when will hummingbirds arrive in North Carolina?
Whether you believe the lore about hummingbirds bringing love and good luck, or are just simply fascinated by this tiny, winged bird, prepare for some springtime delight as they meander in and out of the back yard for the next few weeks!
Have you placed your feeder outside yet? Be sure to use clear nectar that’s free from harmful dyes and preservatives!
For more springtime adventure, read The 13 Very Best Places To Go In North Carolina This Spring.
When Will Hummingbirds Arrive in North Carolina?
What are the best hiking trails in North Carolina during spring?
If you love waterfalls, the aptly named Triple Falls Trail near Cedar Mountain is sure to be a favorite. This 2.3-mile loop trail in Dupont State Forest shows off Triple Falls as soon as you get on your way! If you’re not quite sure what you want out of a springtime hike, head to Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. You’ll find trails that have a little bit of everything! Take the Old Field Bluff Trail and you’ll have options to explore others that intertwine. Another favorite is the easy paved Cape Fear River Trail that follows the river for miles.
What are the best spring day trips in North Carolina?
Visit Craggy Gardens in May to see the beautiful rhododendrons and celebrate the beauty of the season. Another beautiful garden, Elizabethan Gardens, is a great spot to spend a day when spring weather first rolls in. On that first hot day, head to Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Angier and try one a few of their 120 flavors of homemade ice cream. If you’re looking for an exciting day trip, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and check out the zipline through forest canopies in Fayetteville at ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure.
Does North Carolina have any natural wonders?
The whole Tarheel State is a natural wonder! Some of our signature spots are out-of-this-world, and you’ve got to see them to believe them. Visit the tallest active sand dune on the East Coast at Jockeys Ridge, or explore Linville Gorge and see why locals call it the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. Our mountains are particularly impressive, too – from the iconic Grandfather Mountain to Pilot Mountain, part of the Sauratown chain. Looking Glass Rock is another stone wonder that visitors fall in love with.