Cedar Point Tideland Trail
1.4 mile loop trail through estuary, featuring hardwood and pine forest,
tidal marsh areas. Wildlife viewing blinds. National Recreation Trail.
Provides good opportunity to see wildlife and typical marshland estuary
- Directions: The Cedar Point
Tideland Trail is located near the Cedar Point boat ramp parking area.
It can be found by following the signs on NC Hwy. 58, north of it's
junction with NC Hwy. 24, near Cape Carteret.
Island Creek Forest Walk
1/2 mile nature trail showing many different land shapes. and a stand
of virgin hardwoods. A favorite place for nature study. The fall season
is particularly scenic. The trail was constructed by the local Trent Woods
Garden Club of New Bern with interpretive info compiled by Eagle Scout
Troop 67 of New Bern. Numbered signs relate to a pamphlet giving information
about indigenous plants and local features. Compacted, fossilized shells
called "Marl" are revealed as outcrops, indicating that the
are was at one time covered by ocean.
- Plant community includes;
(trees) Loblolly Pine, Yellow Poplar, Dogwood, Black Walnut, Sweetgum,
Baldcypress, American Holly, Umbrella Magnolia, Mocketnut Hickory, American
Beech, White Oak, Red Oak. (under-story) Partridge Berry, Christmas
- Directions; US 70 S from
New Bern to NC 1004. 8 miles to trail.
Starting on the Newport River at the Newport River Parking area and ending
on the Neuse River at Pinecliff Recreation Area, this trail traverses
20 miles of Forest land and crosses several paved and unpaved roads. Trail
is blazed. Primitive camping is permitted along the trail, but their are
no facilities. Hikers need to carry water and wear boots to cross frequent
wet areas. Most people prefer fall, winter and early spring hiking to
avoid the heat, insects and snakes. Winter is probably the best time.
The trail begins at the low salinity Neuse River estuary, at the Pinecliff
Recreation area and traverses sandy beaches, hardwood ridges, cypress-palmetto
swamps, pine flat woods, pocosins, and salt marshes before emerging at
the high salinity Newport River estuary at Oyster Point, a scant 5 miles
from the ocean.
- Pocosin Wilderness
11000 acres. Primitive trails. Fishing, hiking, hunting.
- Pond Pine Wilderness
1860 acres. Wilderness tract of coastal estuary. Fishing, hiking, hunting.
- Catfish Lake South Wilderness
Swampy vegetation in backcountry setting. 7600 acres. Fishing, hiking,
- Sheep Ridge Wilderness
9540 acres. Pocosin and lakes. Fishing, hiking, hunting.
The Croatan is a great area for canoeing. Both Great and Catfish Lakes
are acidic lakes, surrounded by Pocosin, rich in organic peat. Look for
alligators, osprey, wading birds and ducks. Both lakes have primitive
For smaller creeks meandering
through pine woods, hardwood forests and cypress swamps try Brices, Hadnot,
Hancock, Cahookie, Hunters, and Holston Creeks.
For larger rivers, try the
White Oak, Neuse and Newport Rivers. Salt marsh with a wide variety of
shore birds. Be sure to check out the National Forest Services new Salt Water
Adventure Trail (731 Kb PDF file).
Local companies offer canoe
rental in the Brices Creek area.
White-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, squirrel, rabbits, quail, and
raccoons, all of which may be hunted in accordance w/ NC State Game
Regs. Muskrat, mink and otter are also common.
Fish include both fresh and saltwater species, comingling in the estuarine
environment, although saltwater fish are found mostly at the lower end
of the Neuse River and the saltwater marsh areas. Lake fishing is poor
because of the high acid levels of the water. Species include large-mouth
bass, red-breast sunfish, blue-gill, chain pickerel, warmouth, yellow
perch, and catfish.
The Croatan lies on the Atlantic Flyway of migratory birds, including
ducks and geese. Egrets, fly catchers, woodpeckers, hawks, woodcocks,
owls, Osprey and many others. Several species of rare birds including
the bald eagle, peregrine falcon.
Reptiles are frequently seen residents. The american alligator is a
rather retiring resident of the deep swamps and waterways. Poisonous
snake species include; cottonmouth moccasin, canebrake rattler, eastern
diamondback rattler, pygmy rattler and copperhead.