Flanners Beach and Croatan National Forest Loop

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New Bern, North Carolina

Flanners Beach and Croatan National Forest Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Bern, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching





This trail was closed due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, however it is reported there is only a small detour in the route.

Just a leisurely 2 mile loop I do with my dog.

Partially closed near the beach area but there is a short detour. This is a bike trail so some cyclists here and there and it seems to wind unnecessarily rather than going straight at times. Beautiful greenery though and I saw a lot of animals. There’s a nice spot for a picnic on the beach side with wide open grass.

1 month ago

Great trail and view there’s a nice cozy bench where the path overlooks the beach

1 month ago

I have ran this trail the last three days. The trial map on here is not accurate anymore due to renovations after Hurricane Florence. The trail is great for hiking, running and mountain biking. It’s not very challenging but has beautiful scenery.

bridge out
no shade
off trail
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

My trail conditions tell the whole story.

Good hike but it is washed out near beach

washed out
7 months ago

Went to run this trail and it was closed down due to the hurricane

Sat Jan 26 2019

It’s currently closed due to impacts from Hurricane Florence.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Great trail for dogs and small kids

Sun Apr 01 2018

Great trail, super easy to follow! Has Nice views of the river. Nice afternoon hike!

Fri Mar 23 2018

I have hiking these trails for years and they are slowly gaining in popularity. It is a great long hike if you do all of it - 7 miles. There are several ways to do portions. It can be confusing but there are completely paved areas as well as typical trails. Lots of hills so it’s a good workout. I am sorry that the hiker above thought they had to cross the river to find the trail. You don’t. My best suggestion is to download the map or take a pic of the one at the trail.

Tue Feb 06 2018

Beautiful underated trail.

Fri Feb 02 2018

I chose this route as an alternative to one of the Pirhana trails since it is on the military base (**warning - unless you have a valid military ID, you can’t get anywhere near the trails on the base’s land; this isn’t clear in the listing). Though the trail is nice and pleasant, a few drawbacks... - Finding the trail and navigating the crossroads can be challenging, there are some faded printouts stapled to the tree. - Because its right next to an airbase, there were frequent jets passing by. Although it wasn’t terrible, it did break up the silence. - I’m not sure when the last rain was, however there were a few sections of the trail that were completely flooded.

Thu Jan 04 2018

great for trail running. need markers however for the newer trails. its easy to get lost

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