Croatan National Forest Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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)."