The Island Creek Forest Walk is probably the smallest hike in the state’s second-smallest national forest—the Croatan. North Carolina’s easternmost forest consists of 160,000 acres bordered on three sides by water, including the Neuse, Trent, White Oak, and Newport rivers, and by Bogue Sound, which separates it from the Atlantic Ocean.
The forest contains a variety of natural habitats, including freshwater pocosin (meaning “swamp on a hill”), longleaf pine savanna, and saltwater marsh, and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including waterfowl, birds, deer, bears, snakes, and alligators. The area is also known for its population of carnivorous, or insect-eating, plants, including the pitcher plant and the Venus flytrap. Recreational areas include opportunities for swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. Even though this trail is well shaded, it can be a little too warm and mosquito riddled to be fun for dogs in the summer.
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