Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Amazing hike did the whole thing even found a snake trying to eat some bird eggs

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!

hiking
23 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 had some impressive boardwalks.

App didn’t follow trail but the views were pretty good and had Military jets flying over head a few times.

I enjoy this trail. It is dog friendly, and very easy. I, unfortunately, have only been able to go on the shorter section because of my wife, but it's a good trail for physical therapy. easy, small inclies, and you have the option to walk on sand or dirt almost the whole time.

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!

2 months ago

Local beginner hiker and I just found this trail. I am in love. It is definitely muddy after the rain and I would not call it stroller or wheelchair friendly. Especially the northern section along the river. There is definitely erosion after the recent storms. Not that I minded any of that and can’t wait to do the entire trail. I like that I can hop on in several different areas when I am out solo and for just a few hours. Using my poles I got quite the workout even on the flat areas. Enjoy!!

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

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

backpacking
2 months ago

Had a blast on this trail, it is very diverse in the different biomes that you experience. The northern half is very beautiful running along the beach for a few miles, it also has a good amount of elevation change. The southern half is a little easier however if you go after there has been rain be careful of mile 5-4 or 4-5, depending on the direction you are going, it is extremely wet and muddy. The camps are well spaced apart and are great spots to set up for the night.

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

Nice as long as stay along beach. Went inland and the mosquitos were horrendous. and took wrong turn somewhere and ended up walking along road

hiking
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.

Went at end of fall colors with family. Flat and follows along the river so pretty and relaxing nature hike. Fall colors looked great reflecting in river

The views are absolutely beautiful. Very peaceful hike. Did not find it to be too challenging but just the right amount of a work out. Well worth the visit even if you don't do the whole trail.

I enjoyed this hike! Easy and enjoyable!

Great Trail
What a great outing!

Very nice walk along the river. We only ran into a few people along the way so not terribly busy. The jets flying overhead can get noisy but it's also kind of neat to see. We mostly stuck to the beach but when we were on the trail it seemed well established. My dogs loved it and were good and tired after.

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.

Great overnight backpacking trail.

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.

Our troop did the entire 22 mile trail on Jan 13-14. We camped halfway along the trail around Dogwood Shelter as the shelter was occupied. The first half of the trail was very challenging to stay dry as there was a lot of water from the recent snow and rain prior to our arrival. Bridged walkways were very slick which provided a balancing challenge with a 45lb pack. One part of the trail was completely flooded and it was difficult to get around without your shoes getting wet. The second half was worse and it got to a point where we just gave up trying to stay dry and just trudge through the water to keep our pace. All in all it is a nice trail to hike if it’s a drought during the winter. I would like to come back when it’s not so water logged.

hiking
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...

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