Spanish Moss Trail

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Spanish Moss Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hines Crossroads, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, has been a landmark for centuries. Five hiking trails explore the riverside habitats and their mature forests and lead to some quiet fishing spots along the waterway. A favorite facility for the local communities is an 11-acre swimming lake with a bathhouse, grass-covered lawn, sandy beach and diving platform with rental boats available. Expansive picnic grounds are nearby. The park has group campsites and a 35-site family campground. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits that explore the natural and cultural history of the region, complementing regular interpretive programs.

4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Probably the best trail in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, the Spanish Moss trail starts from the expansive view at the Cliffs Overlook and descends to the Neuse River via some elaborate steps. Evidence of Hurricane Matthews' high waters left debris and sand bars at river level. You get a good view of the cliff colors from the bottom too. And the hike back up is steep but easy with the steps. The variety in this hike makes it worth the stop if you are near Goldsboro. Drive to the end of the road to the Cliffs Overlook and the trail starts off to the left. Some fish were jumping out of the very still Neuse when I visited. An interesting fact is that UNC sends field trips down to the river for water samples, monitoring algae and pollution levels.