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An oasis tucked away a few miles outside downtown Washington, NC.
No idea why trail running isn't tagged because I think it's the best activity for this series of linked trails. They host 5 / 10 mile races in November.
Terrain is flat / low difficulty, well cleared and marked. The maps are good for navigating and tying the 6 or 7 different trails together. Trails consist of dirt, leafs, pine needles, tree roots, some rock and decent mud after rainfall plus several strips of boardwalk (one that must be at least a half mile long), which can be slick after rain or early morning dew.
Incredible scenery from the thick pine barrens to views of the river, swamps, creek and bay. I think late fall / winter are the most ideal times of year since there's next to no bugs.
Great hike. Make sure you bring waterproof hiking boots or at the very least some clean pairs of socks. We had to remove our shoes and walk through some pretty big puddles on the flooded parts of the trails where we couldn't make impromptu bridges out of fallen trees and logs. Although, we walked it after a tropical storm moved through the area, to be fair. We had fun though, it made for a great adventure. And bring bug spray, those damn yellow flies are vicious, blood-thirsty devils.
This is a great series of trails interconnected, so you can make it as long as you want. Trails are clearly marked. There is a nice secluded pier is you stay to the left on the Mallard Creek trail. Small sandy beach at the live oak trail. This would make a great trail run if you are a runner saw a hawk and snapping turtle right invite trail. You can also bike this.