Piranha Pit Loop Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Croatan National Forest

Piranha Pit Loop Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Havelock, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

wildlife

private property

Trail only accessible via MCAS Cherry Point--- military ID required or accompanied. Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as it is on private property.

hiking
private property
5 days ago

As others have noted, this trail is on base. Unless you’re authorized to be there, you cannot access it from any other point. There’s another one a few miles away at Pine Cliffs, and I would recommend checking it out.

hiking
12 days ago

I would recommend this trail. It’s easy and a lot of shortcuts if you don’t want to go the whole way. Started at the wrong point but still very good. Beautiful views

19 days ago

You need a military ID or invite to pass the gate. Not accessible to the general public.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Looks like this trail is accessible by driving into the base, and there’s a guard gate. I called, you have to be military in order to access. Glad I called first lol! Guard laughed when I called, hope it made his day.

hiking
private property
5 months ago

This trail is on base, so not everyone can access it. But, the trail was beautiful with many different routes. I will definitely be out for more. My hound dog loved it also.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Turns out it was a “bike trail” but besides that it was a beautiful trail. Beautiful body of water with the perfect view from this trail.

mountain biking
over grown
9 months ago

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over grown
10 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

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

mountain biking
Thu May 23 2019

Good intermediate trail. Will definitely ride again.

hiking
Sat Jan 12 2019

Not a bad trail maintain somewhat well definitely something that you can bring your family on. Not really that technical.

mountain biking
Mon Jun 11 2018

We rode the northern segment this morning. Definitely a woodsy trail with lots of surprises including sharp blind turns both up and down steep inclines over roots and drops---- i suggest wearing safety glasses due to growth overhang and morning spider webs. The trail is narrow but mostly firm with some loose sand, leaf and pine-straw cover, and exposed red clay. We saw 3 snakes within 1 mile--- none poisonous. We had a beginner with us and had to cut short soon after entering the south segment. Hope to be back soon. Trail only accessible via MCAS Cherry Point--- military ID required or accompanied

Sat Apr 07 2018

Great trail decent hills for Eastern North Carolina. Trail is really easy to follow and well kept.

hiking
Wed Dec 27 2017

Clint was correct not a well traveled trail but an awesome one. Never knew eastern Carolina had hills. Great trail to give you feeling your closer to the foothills. I am glad I went in a cold day because I’m sure it’s mosquito heaven in warm months. Beautiful overlooks and views of waterways. Need to mention its access is on MCAS Cherry Point so you must have proper military ID to access

hiking
Wed Nov 01 2017

This trail is both the Northern and Southern Piranha Pit Trails in one 4 mile loop. The northern trail is mostly designated for mountain biking but hiking and trail running is allowed so expect several elevation changes along the way. There are several interconnecting trails throughout but most of the outer trail can be navigated by paying close attention to the trail blazes/markings along the way. Most of the northern section has trail markers for the mountain bikers to follow but portions of this hiking trail venture off of the bike trail where you will see old markings on some of the trees, portions of these trails haven't been used in some time. This trail is not easy to access for most but if you are given the opportunity I would highly recommend hiking this trail. Northern trail info coming soon.

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