Island Creek Forest Walk Trail

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Island Creek Forest Walk Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pollocksville, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 78 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers




Note: Parts of this trail may still be CLOSED.

it is too overgrown for anything but bushwacking

4 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.

5 months ago

Awesome trail to hike. Lots of cool stuff to look at.

5 months ago

nothing interesting.

6 months ago

part of the Trail is still closed

8 months ago

Unfortunately this trail remains closed long after Hurricane Florence hit the state.

mountain biking
Monday, June 18, 2018

I completed this trail in the beginning of April on a mountain bike. I am new to mountain biking and found it was great for beginners. The trails were not marked the best but the views along the creek were absolutely gorgeous.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Beautiful creek

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Badly marked trail. Not maintained very well. Lots of ticks.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The NNW portion of the “described” trail started to get really thick and completely disappeared at times. I found myself trudging through semi-thick brush trying to find the unmarked trails of the area. I also walked up on a few tree stands which kinda worried me as well, just knowing that hunters are in the area. The official marked trail is only about 1/2 mile loop but there are a few other trails that venture off beyond the trail. If you want to hike this trail I would highly recommend that you plan an early trip, because if you venture off the main trail you may find yourself hiking in the dark like me and my family! If this trail were to be extended and marked off better I would definitely give it a higher ranking, love the large creek that’s along the trail.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

There are really two trails here. A shorter one if you stay on the small inner loop, and a larger 4 mile remote trek if you can navigate its scarce markers. Gentle slopes in some places, but mostly flat throughout. I will definitely hike this again.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Very pretty but would not do it again. The trail is poorly marked. Worth doing once though.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Lovely trail, but had to turn around because of the mosquitoes. bring bug spray and plenty of water.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Easy enough hike. Not well marked in the second stage so you have to keep your eyes open for where the trail actually goes. We ended up in what we think was a deer trail towards the end. Beautiful scenery.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Amazing trail, there was so much life to see during this walk. I only wish it were longer.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

alot of cotton mouth snakes

nature trips
Saturday, November 26, 2016

This is Game Lands, This is NOT a PARK we have seen 14 bears, coyotes, bobcats recently. Do not enter these area if you do not have the orange on , stay OUT. If you get shot it will be your fault, stay OUT.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A bit plain, but tree knowledge is kind of fun to gain by reading signs around them.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Great little get away, not to far out of town but a very enjoyable trail. Wish I could camp there for the night.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Went on this trail today with my six year old daughter. She loved it. We ended up walking the trail twice. My only complaint is that it says its over 3 miles long but when we walked it, it seem more like only a mile or so.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Well shaded and quiet. Lots of birds and squirrels. nice walk.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It was a pretty relaxing walk, with some small river running through a small section. An easy trail to start a Sunday with. (Not much of a work out though)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

enjoyed a good walk through :)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nice trail but only about one mile is marked.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Great hike! Gotta be careful of where you go though, since the trail is not all marked!

bird watching
Friday, August 14, 2015

Great trail, not all of it is clearly marked. Will try to figure out how to post the map from a few years ago, or email me for it!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Went here expecting five less than one. Then I found out they close part of the trail for some part of te year. Wondered why....I decided to go past the signs and home it out. Big mistake. Ticks ticks ticks. The size of a pinhead no less. Me and my dog were covered. However all this aside, the trail was beautiful. Will be back......with big spray!!!!! :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Great little hike. There's 4 geocaches available in this park if you like geocaching.

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