Sugarloaf Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Sugarloaf Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carolina Beach, 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
62 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Mostly flat coastal trail. Well maintained and marked.

25 days ago

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27 days ago

Nice level hiking

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

Tip: choose to go left first. This way, you will be rewarded with the best things to see at the end of your loop.
I enjoy this walk. I walk it a few times/year. There are some puddles areas of it's rained recently. Other than that, it's a good stroll through the woods in a nice coastal environment!

7 months ago

walking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I have lived in the area for 27 years and this is the 1st time I have walked some of the trails. It's the island so not much elevation change. I went to find somewhere to get me in nature and start preparing for treks on the App Trail. You will see me out there alot.

walking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail has some pretty sights. It's a very easy loop. I did this for my morning coffee walk and it was very enjoyable.

hiking
Friday, February 19, 2016

Like everyone has said, not much more than a walk in the woods, but it is really great. Hiking along the shore is awesome and the pup loves it.

walking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Very chill and relaxing but totally gorgeous. Surrounded by water and sand which made a great recipe for collecting thoughts and reflecting.

walking
Friday, January 22, 2016

Like others have said....."only trail in New Hanover", so yes it's nothing more than a "stroll thru the woods" but it is beautiful! I'm a dog owner/lover, and I do agree...... Too many dogs on the trail! And by this, I am targeting "Un-Chained" dogs. Listen, I love my dog, and wish I could let my female Aussie loose too, but just because she doesn't bother me, doesn't mean she isn't bothering the family "around the bend" or the elderly couple concentrating on not tripping in the roots. People..... Please..... Use a leash! There is a time, and place to let them run, but on public trails isn't the prime place!
Other than that, trails are clean, well manicured, and well marked! I just want some ELEVATION!

hiking
Thursday, September 03, 2015

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nice hike - but in reality it is more of a nature walk. Still, the best trail in all of New Hanover County. You encounter several different ecosystems, and get some nice views, especially at the top of Sugarloaf Dune. If you mix in the loop with the other trails you can turn this into a nice 5 mile hike. Definitely not strenuous, but a pleasant way to spend 1.5-2 hours.

hiking
Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

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