Island Creek Forest Walk — Croatan National Forest

Pollocksville, North Carolina

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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.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pollocksville
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Fall, winter, and spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Croatan National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pollocksville
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Creek Forest Walk — Croatan National Forest

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