Basin Trail (aka Hermit Trail) is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kure Beach, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great until it gets hot!
Short and easy - keep an eye out for crabs! Lots of birds too. A nice stroll
Way too short, but great views!
Very easy trail for a family with a jogging stroller. Beautiful views!
great beginners trail
Nice easy trail, completely flat but I loved the raised boardwalks over the mud flats and marshes. Plus you can detour to the beach which is great
It was very intriguing due to all the history associated with the trail. You have the Civil War history all in the surrounding area of Ft. Fisher, then the WWII Bunker that was later used as a home by The Ft. Fisher Hermit. See the website run by The Ft. Fisher Hermit Society. The Basin Trail AKA The Hermit Trail ends at an observation deck where you can sit and enjoy a scenic view in solitude. An offshoot trail takes you behind the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher which is another worthy tourist attraction. You park at Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area where you can enjoy an incredible day at the Beach and have access to grills and picnic tables and restroom facilities or get a day pass to drive your 4 Wheel drive vehicle onto pristine beaches and even fish with a 10 day license. You can get your license and even rent fishing equipment at the local True Value Hardware Store at Carolina Beach. The Park office issues day passes to drive on the beach right where you start the hike on Basin Trail. Many other attractions and recreational opportunities on Pleasure Island and in the surrounding area. We highly recommend it!
Wonderful trail. Saw so much wild life and beautiful scenery.
Great place to walk and think. The view is always special and the wildlife is AWESOME! People are great along the trail as well. WWII Bunker, Hermit home is quit a site.
I was excited to explore the trail bits straight forward and really easy. The only downfall to the experience was the excessive amount of bees flying around. The trail has a lot of tree coverage and its early in the season, so there were hundreds of bees flying around. It was a let down at the time. I think next time I will have to time the hike a little better.
Very excited to hear about this! The last time we tried to find the bunker was in 1990. There wasn't much accessibility then, as the original trail was too overgrown. Just a few steps into the thicket and you were in deep, dark territory. We hiked a short distance, but never found the bunker. I've looked for it on Google Earth, but cannot see any visible landmark. I assumed for years that it had maybe been torn down.
Great hike and I blogged about it. Link included here. http://theecotoneexchange.com/2014/02/13/treasures-on-the-fort-fisher-basin-trail/
Well marked, flat trail through beautiful woods. In the fall its recommended that hikers wear bright orange because of hunters in the area.
Easy, flat trail through beautiful woods. Never crowded. Nice place to bring your dog.
Beautiful walk through a coastal salt marsh. Be sure to check out the WWII bunker where "The Fort Fisher Hermit" lived from 1956 to 1972.
you can find sharks teeth in the old ballast stones that line the shore. very cool
Fun to do with kids.