Piranha Pit Loop Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Piranha Pit Loop Trail 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.

4.0 miles
111 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






mountain biking
2 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

9 months ago

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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