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Bald Head Island is a nice laid-back area with minimal traffic and great area for walking. I've done this path combined with several others over the past ten years. Well worth the effort.

Nice trails but a little challenging for my dog stroller in some of the sandy parts. Have done the trails many times over the years.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful beach. A short ferry ride to the island then about a 1/2 mile walk on a paved path to the other side of the island where the beach is. There is a small concession stand there, a restroom, and a shower to rinse off after enjoying the beach. The island is about 4 miles in total length so if you decide to walk it you will not see very many people at all, most of the day trippers stay right at the entrance. Bring lots of water so you stay hydrated. It’s a great place to spend a day.

No hiking trial

We love the CB State Park trails. If you’re looking for a leisure stroll through the woods I recommend these trails! Stroller friendly 99% of the time except for a small (1/4 mile) of sandy trail along the water.

The Lake Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse is a very smooth trail meandering through the woods and by the lake and boathouse. Very pretty, however the trail is not at all marked well. There are no trail markers nor is it on any of the permanent maps at the park.

No hiking trails, but can put in kayaks, canoes, or small boats.

love this park. wish more people were respectful of it. Seen alot of folks wandering off the trail, going up to Sugarloaf hill, and abusing some serious Trail rules. This place is a preserve and should be treated as such. Landmarks should be treated with respect. Please stay on the trails and preserve this state park so that other people can enjoy it for a lifetime, thank you.

I’ve been coming to this park since 2004 and it’s one of my favorite places in the Wilmington area!

Well marked up until the end. It took us to a dirt road after sun down where we had to walk another 4 1/2 miles to our car. Also, the markers lead us through several thorn bushes.. ouch. DON'T GO. Would try kayaking here though.

Enjoyed it!

Easy. Nice views

This was my favorite of the short trails in the park. Will def be back

hiking
6 months ago

Had a great time on the trail all to myself and my dogs on Christmas morning!

camping
6 months ago

Beautiful spot to camp and enjoy the beach! We had an exciting camping trip as a strong storm headed over the island the night we camped there. Definitely a little scary - but an experience we'll never forget. Clean showers & bathroom over there and really serene setting!

Have paddled out of Hammocks Beach many times - nice paddling spot & easy for kids/newbies too. Even saw a small gator splash into the water near us & dolphins. Be aware that over the weekend (esp. summer) that jet skiers can sometimes race up and down the channel, causing wakes that might flip out inexperienced paddlers. Have to be really aware of your surroundings, as we've had a few experiences with jet skis getting right up on us.

I love this trail. I run the sugarloaf trail and link to the sand live oak trial then back into sugarloaf trail starting and finishing at the marina. It’s about 5 miles all together. I do it about 3-4 times a week. A great run with very well kept trails. Keep a look out for trails markers if you go on sand oak live trail. Some spots are not marked well and could go off track if not careful. I also run greenfield lake a lot and a 5k custom run at the loop in Wrightsville Beach. Carolina Beach state park is my favorite by far. I love a trail run!!!!

we kayak the cape fear alot !! so much fun!!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is very easy and fun but is too short for me and the dogs. But was still a blast! :)

This area is a great place to hike. Plenty of hills and great scenery that will give you a killer workout with great views. Great place to bring your dog. Stay away from the water unless it is the lake area. The lake area is fairly clean BUT the Neuse River is nothing but a septic tank now. I don't even let my dog get near the water unless its the lake. This place would get five stars if it were not for how nasty the water is. Don't get caught with your dog in the lake. The Park Officials frown on that lol lol

11 months ago

Love this trail in the spring time.

Great fun!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This is not a hiking trail this is for kayaking or canoeing. After see it we wishes we had brought our kayaks. we didn't get do try this one today but we definitely wood. The trail here is the Weetock.

Nice flat trails, maintained well.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is strictly a paddle and not a hike. There are no walking trails.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Not much to do, should specify the length of the actual hike. Would be good for canoe or kayak trip, but only a1mile hike. Would have loved to seen the whole river maybe next time by kayak.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have driven along the Cape Fear many times, but to really know it is to hike along it or canoe in it. There is a nice place to rent canoes, kayaks, etc. at Cape Fear River Adventures just by the 401 bridge going into Lillington. Also good place to hike and camp at Raven Rock State Park just upstream from there. Many other places to visit along the river as well.

we go as much as we can and our dog loves the place. beautiful spots with access to water. the best campgrounds I've ever seen. trails are great.

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Awesome trail, great for all ages and abilities. Dog friendly, not crowded and you can easily combine trails to give you a 5 mile walk.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

The Bird trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a short loop that starts from the Galax trail or the bottom of the 350 yard trail. The trail climbs to a hill that is not really a cliff but does go along the Neuse River for a short way. Didn't see any birds but the habitat definitely will attract them in warmer weather. Not a great trail, but add it to the others at the State Park to get a better workout. One thing about these trails, they are hard packed smooth sand with not many roots, and have several staircases. Great for trail running.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The easy, gravel 350 Yard Trail runs mostly along the cliffs and connects the Galax and Bird Trails to the Spanish Moss Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Highlighted is the view from the Cliffs Overlook, which is a short stroll from the Cliffs Overlook parking area. Combine all the trails in the Park and you'll hit about 5 miles total with a bit of elevation gain up and over the cliffs area. The view is worth a stop, very similar to the view of the Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park.

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