Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Croatan National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We chose this hike to get in a good 13 miles. Barely got 9 because of the impassable swamp at about mile 5. Disappointing. Started out great then got very muddy and became a mud puddle obstacle course which eventually lead to the swamp. It’d be nice if the trail was completely maintained with foot bridges like the first few miles. But alas it wasn’t and was disappointed.

good trail, if you do it on bike be prepared for some sand, its marked better than it used to be, i used to go about a mile or two past the trail into the forestry roads because i thought it was part of the trail! Could still use more markers on the yellow work in progress to orange trail. only saw one cub bear last fall, seemed like it was only passing through. have fun!

20 days ago

I walk portions of this trail a couple times a week. It is beautiful, and the periodic streams that cross the trail are great for the dogs. I did encounter a very large black bear crossing the Forest Road on the ride into Haywood Landing about a week ago, luckily I was in my truck at the time. Black bears do not tend to be aggressive so I have continued to hike the trail but with bear spray :)

Nice views and a good amount of secondary trails to explore

Great easy trail with awesome views.

I enjoyed in the cold weather, i dont think i would ever hike this when its warm out or bug season. this section was very wet.

Great trail decent hills for Eastern North Carolina. Trail is really easy to follow and well kept.

Beautiful sunny hike- would highly recommend!

So serene and relaxing!

Not a bad trail just not great. Could hear traffic just about the whole time.

Great trail to run in the colder months after hunting season and spring.

nice trail through woods and high grass dancing in the wind. Pond area was pretty but I wouldn't swim in it Lol. dark water from wood debris. kids enjoyed. We threw a foot ball all the way along the trail back and forth

Beautiful and relaxing. Very nice w the water and the wooden bridges

2 months ago

Started at Pine Cliff rec area and went south. Between mile markers 6 and 4 sucked because there was very little solid ground to walk on. Once I got to the other end of that I saw the sign that said that area was closed until further notice. I saw nothing about that on any sites or other signs but it was all good. Broke the trip up over two days and a morning, Stayed at the Dogwood shelter first and hiked to the Blackjack shelter next. hiked to the end at Oyster Point campground following morning.

I enjoyed this hike! Easy and enjoyable!

Great Trail
What a great outing!

My friend and I did this yesterday. we got lost in the woods for a while. It was really fun. There's a geocache in the woods. It's really an amazing trail and so beautiful.

Was very nice. Good views and easy to walk.

Nice trails! Only issue is all the dog poop on trails. Just be sure to watch where you put your foot.

Short and sweet! Trails are well-marked.

4 months ago

Mile 2-6 at southern end after rain was miserable. The January winter day was mild but the frequent deep water left me wading. Dog loved it. But I changed socks twice and then just gave up. When I crossed a logging road I headed back to my car on the mostly dryer roadways. I’d have given fewer stars but the trail itself is very well maintained-no logs or heavy growth. A few short raised trestles. If it’s dry for a few weeks then maybe a great hike. I even met a guy w gators on and some of the water was deeper than his gators. Coming up from Oyster point the first mile of two was nice. Clear path, pine needles but then much deep water with heavy pocosin on both sides.
If you hit water, turn around. Don’t be like me, expecting it to get better...northern half of Neusioc trail may be better. But after 7 miles I was muddy and exhausted.... then, I had to get back to my car...

trail running
4 months ago

Is the section past alligator rd closed? Around mile 4/5

Loved the trail and so did my 7 yo golden doodle. Little spooked that the sign said to wear bright orange!! I had to turn my coat inside out! Shouldn’t have mentioned that to my husband, now he doesn’t want me going back.

All flat, great for jogging. Only a few roots!!

4 months ago

Clint was correct not a well traveled trail but an awesome one. Never knew eastern Carolina had hills. Great trail to give you feeling your closer to the foothills. I am glad I went in a cold day because I’m sure it’s mosquito heaven in warm months. Beautiful overlooks and views of waterways. Need to mention its access is on MCAS Cherry Point so you must have proper military ID to access

Could not find the trail.

Easy trail for kids & dogs!

easy. and love taking the stroller out there.

Fun trail for the bike, a little sandy in some spots, bigger kids with multi gear bikes should be ok.

Great park for a quick walk with the dog!

Nice trails. Very easy going and accessible. There were people running and biking on the trail as well but there was plenty of room to pass. We took the dogs with us. It was a little busier than I usually like. The scenery is beautiful though. Nice peaceful walk.

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