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Dog friendly trail, nice view on the overlook

Trail is undulating and cross crosses the creek a number of times. Relatively easy hike, but we were only able to complete the mid-section of the trail due to limited time and trail closures. Hurricane damage is still all over this trail. But trail is well marked.

Bear Island is a beautiful hike. Florence did her damage but they have worked hard to restore the island

*The one star is solely to bring attention to the fact that most of this trail is closed*

The northern half of the northern trail is closed per NCCF. You CANNOT get to Pine Cliff via vehicle on the dirt road (access stops at the parking lot on the left) and any other activity beyond the barrier is prohibited. This stands from Pine Cliff all the way to the Dogwood entrance, which seems clear to hike through towards the southern half.

Hopefully it will open up soon, there is a phone number for the Carteret office that I’ve been meaning to call

Lots and I mean lots of steps but the view at the top is beautiful and definitely worth it. We loved the tower!

Great trail for dogs and small kids

Beach trail was closed due to heavy eroding from Hurricane Florence. Equestrian trail was open, but the beach trail was blocked off.

hiking
14 days ago

Great First Day Hike. Love the sound of the whispering Pines when it was quiet.

Great First Day Hike 2019.

hiking
17 days ago

The trail is well marked and easy to follow. the view from the top is really beautiful especially on a clear day. Plus the sound of the water coming from the creek is really refreshing. It is a little bit of a workout but it is worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a wonderful trail. As other reviewers stated... go up the left side to avoid the stairs. I would have highly disliked this trail if I had to climb up all those stairs. It was a busy Saturday at the park but this trail was very quiet. A beautiful 360 view from the top. The lookout tower is really cool!

Love this park. Great views of the lake, however, there are way too many people.

Very easy hike

We took a souothbound route from Bynum community Park on Christmas day. The trail is easy to find with no folaige growing in winter, but with all the rains it's wet everywhere. We reached Pokeberry Creek, and even with several minutes upstream walking, we couldn't find the way to cross the stream so we headed back. We'd try a northbound route next time.

We walked this trail (actually the ENTIRE park ... every step of every trail) during our vacation in July of 2018 and it was easily the highlight of our trip to North Carolina.

One of my favorite trails! Has trees, wooded trail and beach at the same time. You do have to walk next to road, which doesn't seem like a trail, but you're on the right path. Continue, it really does loop! I love this trail!

Nice hike, but the boardwalk was washed out and if it hasn't been raining, you can walk around. If it's been raining, probably not so easy to walk around.

this is a fun trail with some good uphill. there are always a lot of people as it is close to Winston Salem.

nice walk. I started the mountain to Sea trail here

Only climbed from start to first peak but was kinda disappointed that it took us to Blue Ridge Parkway.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fun and somewhat challenging hike! We took the longer route (to the left to start out) and it was a nice and steady incline until we got to the rocks then it really got interesting! I had my 8 and 10 year old with me and we all managed just fine. The top is totally worth the climb. You have a 360 degree view! The stairs on the way back down (going the opposite way), were covered in leaves but not slippery. It will be fun to do the hike in the reverse order next time. Well marked and maintained. (Red and white circles). Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

gorgeous babbling Brook, great view!

nature trips
2 months ago

Not familiar with this area but took a stroll on the trail to the waters edge and to the docks. The big trail with the loop was closed. Bummer.

on Moores Knob Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Hanging Rock is not my favorite but it’s close to home. This trail has over 700 stone stairs that will tear your knees up! No matter what shape you’re in. Not a very good design for a trail. I start with the stairs if I’m going to do Moore’s at all

Great trail. Took my grandchildren. and had a great hike. loved it.

walking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful beach! It’s not crowded as other beaches! Water is very clear! Nothing I’ve seen before! Cute little place to go to and relax!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike! Not many views on the way up. The view at the top is definitely awesome and made the hike worth doing!!

walking
2 months ago

I went around September, surprisingly there was a ton of mosquitos. We did get to see like 4 snakes on the trail. Depending on which path you take, you may run into snakes. I was looking for a more of hike and maybe bit of incline. I ended up being rushed out because of the mosquitos which I had spray at hand but it was just overbearing! It was nice seeing some cactus on the same walking near the beach. Then nice walk through the woods? Getting closer to the Venus trap which are VERY VERY small by the way.

Great hike- nice climb and scenic view at the top. I definitely recommend taking the left (clockwise) side of the loop on the way up. More scenic and variable terrain compared to taking the side that has stairs.

what a greAt trail to take family out on bikes. the trail runs beside the river and gives a beautiful view. I love this trail and cant wait to go back.

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