Explore the most popular trails near Atlantic Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Great trail for mountain biking sound/ocean views, bridges and variety of terrain!

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail, had some really nice scenery and would be a good running trail. It does get pretty buggy in the marshy areas so bring some deet.

hiking
3 months ago

nice and quiet. variety of plant and bird species.

trail running
3 months ago

Great for trail running has a variety of graded terrain with amazing veiws!! Highly recommend

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is well maintained and has some really pretty views. Plenty of shaded areas as well as sunny areas where you get a good view of the ocean. We brought our five daughters with us and
they had no problems doing this trail.

Nice easy trail but it was too buggy and humid to walk in July. This is the only free trail. The other trails closer to the ocean are only accessible through the aquarium with a paid admission. It is too bad that isn’t clearly marked in their site or in the parking lot. The admissions office was helpful.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, quiet trail, thick vegetation, we are a family of four with 2 kids ages 5 & 3, we pushed an all terrain stroller fairly easily, some inclines harder than others. Trail winds up and down, but I would consider it easy. Single file waking only, trail is slim. There are some ponds along the way, we saw little crabs, a few birds, a frog, lots of dragon flies, a few butterflies. End of the trail has nice views of the Bogue Sound. On the way back I picked 2 ticks off of my leg and I used Deep Woods spray, guess it didn't work all that well. Bring bug spray and keep applying, there are lots of bugs, especially mosquitos.

Overall nice trail, we enjoyed it!

on Elliot Coues Trail

mountain biking
5 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with mix of hikers and mountain bikers. Travel is single track and bi-directional. There are elevation changes on the beach side with great views of dunes, beaches, and ocean. The sound side offers a canopied trail with numerous boardwalks and nature sitings. Two or three laps of this 3.2 mile loop make a great workout.

Really nice trail! Great views, trail is super easy to follow and on top of it you can check out Fort Macon while your there!!

A short, easy and uncrowded trail with nice views of both the marsh and Bogue Sound. I saw lots of wildlife on my relaxing early morning hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Really nice and quiet little trail. Well kept.

Beautiful meandering trail through the thick maritime forest, marsh and dunes. Easy hike with diverse terrain and lots of sweeping views. At the midway point, hop over to the public swim area for a beach front lunch break. Easily completed in 1.25 to 1.50 hrs.

Good trail, but full of ticks. I only made it half way before I decided to turn around. I must have pulled or brushed away 14 ticks off myself and my dog.

Okay trail. Pets not permitted.

trail running
11 months ago

Great well maintained trail loop. Also one of the most beautiful in terms on scenery as well. Trail is packed gravel and very wide, has some great elevation along it too. It’s about 3.3 miles in length and perfect for a decent trail run or hike with family. I’m a trail runner so the one complaint would be is it’s not longer but can always run the road or run trail twice if you like long distance and want to add to it. I definitely recommend

trail running
Monday, November 06, 2017

variety of hills and turns with great views!! definite fave!!

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

This is a beautiful trail. It's very easy to walk and has plenty of beautiful views. Half of the trail is heavily wooded and cuts through some salt marshes. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BUG SPRAY!! You can practically see the mosquitoes flying around. The other half of the trail has some pretty decent dunes so be prepared for some moderate climbing. It's an excellent trail to walk the dog. At the end I recommend taking the fisherman's path toward the beach; it makes for a nice end to a beautiful trail. I'll definitely be back!

walking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nice walking trail that shows a variety of environments from maritime forests to open dunes with ocean views. Right next to the fort so you can explore some history too. Good for walking dogs and have seen many joggers on the trail.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Really well maintained. Coming back tomorrow with my binoculars.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great trail that varies from open dunes to maritime forest. Nice beach and marsh views. A little hilly in dunes, but generally pretty easy. Bugs can be bad in the summer and dunes can be windy. Cool historical fort to visit too.

walking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

easy to follow. very kid friendly.

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