Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coastas well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by waterthe Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem. The park is also home to a Civil War fort with a history as intricate and unique as the waterways of the sound. Visit Fort Macon to enjoy the land's natural beauty and soak up some history.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail with mix of hikers and mountain bikers. Travel is single track and bi-directional. There are elevation changes on the beach side with great views of dunes, beaches, and ocean. The sound side offers a canopied trail with numerous boardwalks and nature sitings. Two or three laps of this 3.2 mile loop make a great workout.

trail running
2 months ago

This is an easy hike/walk providing a nice mixture of ocean and wetland scenery. The first half offered decent shade as you meander through the trees. There were some flies that did their best to annoy, but really they weren't too bad. This was early May, so bug repellent may be a good idea in the summer months. The other half provided good ocean views, and a nice breeze.

Really nice trail! Great views, trail is super easy to follow and on top of it you can check out Fort Macon while your there!!

Such a great trail to have next to the beach as an option to not walking the beach. The dune-side is up and down, so it is a pretty good workout, with some great views of the ocean and the forest-side has nice views of the intercoastal water way.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice and quiet little trail. Well kept.

Beautiful meandering trail through the thick maritime forest, marsh and dunes. Easy hike with diverse terrain and lots of sweeping views. At the midway point, hop over to the public swim area for a beach front lunch break. Easily completed in 1.25 to 1.50 hrs.

Parked at public beach Fort Macon, walked along beach to the Fort, then took trail back that goes through sand dunes. Easy and relaxing, beautiful beach views

trail running
7 months ago

Great well maintained trail loop. Also one of the most beautiful in terms on scenery as well. Trail is packed gravel and very wide, has some great elevation along it too. It’s about 3.3 miles in length and perfect for a decent trail run or hike with family. I’m a trail runner so the one complaint would be is it’s not longer but can always run the road or run trail twice if you like long distance and want to add to it. I definitely recommend

trail running
8 months ago

variety of hills and turns with great views!! definite fave!!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. It's very easy to walk and has plenty of beautiful views. Half of the trail is heavily wooded and cuts through some salt marshes. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BUG SPRAY!! You can practically see the mosquitoes flying around. The other half of the trail has some pretty decent dunes so be prepared for some moderate climbing. It's an excellent trail to walk the dog. At the end I recommend taking the fisherman's path toward the beach; it makes for a nice end to a beautiful trail. I'll definitely be back!

walking
10 months ago

Nice walking trail that shows a variety of environments from maritime forests to open dunes with ocean views. Right next to the fort so you can explore some history too. Good for walking dogs and have seen many joggers on the trail.

Really well maintained. Coming back tomorrow with my binoculars.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great trail that varies from open dunes to maritime forest. Nice beach and marsh views. A little hilly in dunes, but generally pretty easy. Bugs can be bad in the summer and dunes can be windy. Cool historical fort to visit too.

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