Looking for a great trail in Croatan National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Croatan National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 22.6 miles and from 3 to 36 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This trail was very nice, easy for hiking, and right off of highway 24. I would strongly suggest bringing sunblock as the tree cover provides little shade but I did not encounter any mosquitos which was really nice. The forest and ponds in this area was very interesting along with the birds in the park. While hiking along the paths I encountered a lot of small lizards running to the trees as they detected me approaching. I would suggest bringing binoculars and arrive earlier in the morning. My only complaint was the noise generated by vehicles along highway 24, but the further you get the less noticeable the noise will be.

mountain biking
over grown
6 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

great trail and extremely scenic! make sure to wear sunscreen and bug spray! the trail off of pine cliff rd is closed for some reason but you can find an entrance to the halfway point of the trail off of ferry Rd.

mountain biking
over grown
29 days ago

This is a good solid trail about 4.5 mikes in length. It has become a little overgrown but is still plenary ridable.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely something light for an easy stroll with kids. Beautiful scenery, was nice to see all the crabs everywhere.

it is too overgrown for anything but bushwacking

beautiful

on Cedar Point Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great run. Loved all of the crabs! If you are a dog owner, please pick up your dog’s poo. The crabs were all about it but I could have done without the fresh turds on the trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Trail was very good this afternoon. There was some rain showers early and the trail was in pristine condition, minus the humidity.

walking
2 months ago

Be advised that the trail is thin--overgrown--and you will brush up against trees, bushes, and leaves. Beware of ticks and poison ivy! May be wise to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. Good shade cover.

Beautiful walk through a pine forest. Some areas of forest will be charred from controlled burnings. Four ponds, two fairly large. No shade cover, so walk can be scorching.

walking
2 months ago

Great walk through tideland marsh. Good portion on a boardwalk. Countless blue crabs skitter about.

I am of the folks who help to maintain the trail. The trail has been closed since Hurricane Florence. The National Forest Service has only allowed work on the trail to begin a few weeks ago. While the trail is now clear from the Oyster Point Trail Head to Dogwood Shelter, the Forest Service has reopened the trail. The trail will be muddy after a rain as it is a swampy area. Ticks can be found all year on this trail.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

The short .5 mile or so loop is well-marked and open. Someone has done a lot of work removing trees. It's nice for what it is, particularly along the creek. If you keep bearing right (and bypass the loop return), that would be northeast, there are a lot of trees down. They look like you can walk over them but may be tough with a dog or small kids. If you bear left heading west the trail is much more open. Once you leave the short inner loop, trails are very poorly marked. Bring your phone and have the AllTrails apps running. The AllTrails app is mostly accurate and will definitely get you back to the main road. It is easy to get lost once past the small inner loop. On the plus side, this park will provide more privacy than any trail within 20 minutes of New Bern.

hiking
4 months ago

great for kids, we made a scavenger hunt list for the kids and we found most animals on it

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a really basic trail compared to what we have done before. Lots of poison ivy to be mindful of. The bathroom was out of order and the water fountain wasn’t operational. I appreciated that the parts of the trail that went over water were planked with metal, but it did freak out my dog some. I’m grateful this trail was open since so many are closed from the hurricane. We drove 30 minutes to this one and I wouldn’t do that again. Seems to mostly be used by local fishers.

Easy trail with beautiful views

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

on Weetock Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome Trail. Took our Boy Scouts out on it this weekend and they loved it! Plan on doing it a few more time. Highly recommended!!

hiking
4 months ago

THE TRAIL IS OPEN This is a good one to do with a family, the short loop is just over half a mile and the longer one is only a mile and a half. The boardwalks through the marshes give an up close and personal view of the wildlife there. Just went today and saw some fiddler crabs crawling on one of the mounds there. Stunning views, especially at sunset!

Calm little easy loop with deer. A couple small ponds to see. Very easy to get to and right off the highway. The 3 lengths were visibly marked, it would be hard to get lost here. There were several hunters in the area so I wouldn’t let my dog off leash at all & wear bright colors.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. The last portion of the original trail (on the western side of the field near sawdust hill) is not marked very well. It may be a concern for inexperienced hikers.

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