Croatan National Forest

New Bern, North Carolina

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Croatan’s 160,000 acres compose the only true coastal national forest east of the Mississippi River. This unique region is far more than a bog-filled piney woods baking at the back door of the popular Crystal Coast vacation area. This is one of North Carolina’s most scenic, distinctive natural areas, and great trails make it accessible. The forest’s summer regime is buggy, snaky, hot, and humid. Some people like that. But don’t sweat it if you don’t. The cooler months of the year (excepting hunting seasons) are an awesome time to discover the area. There’s lush greenery year-round, and the nearby shores of Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach are often as attractive then as in summer. December and March are perfect if you want to get into the deeper woods (there is no hunting then).
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Croatan’s 160,000 acres compose the only true coastal national forest east of the Mississippi River. This unique region is far more than a bog-filled piney woods baking at
the back door of the popular Crystal Coast vacation area. This is one of North Carolina’s most scenic, distinctive natural areas, and great trails make it accessible.

The forest’s summer regime is buggy, snaky, hot, and humid. Some people like that. But don’t sweat it if you don’t. The cooler months of the year (excepting hunting seasons) are an awesome time to discover the area. There’s lush greenery year-round, and the nearby shores of Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach are often as attractive then as in summer. December and March are perfect if you want to get into the deeper woods (there is no hunting then).

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Bern
Distance: 0.6-6.6 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Download the national forest’s Recreation Guide, brochures, and maps at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Maps: USGS Swansboro for the Cedar Point Trail; USGS Cherry Point and Newport for the Neusiok Trail; USGS Pollocksville for the Island Creek Trail; USGS Salter Path for Patsy Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Croatan National Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

1/20/2007
2

The Neusiok is a very nice trail, and well blazed. The blazes use tin for some sections, ribbons for others, which caused us to backtrack to make sure that we had not gone onto a different trail. Vegetation changes markedly on different sections of the trail


3/9/2003
2

All the trails are a little hard to find but are pretty nice for a short day hike with the family. Watch out for bugs in the summer though, the whole park is a swamp.



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Apr 2018