Neusiok Trail

  

The Neusiok Trail winds more than 20 miles from a sandy beach on the Neuse River to a salt marsh on the Newport River.

In between, the trail crosses cypress swamps, hardwood ridges, longleaf pine savannah and pocosin- shrubby bogs common to the Carolina coast.  Look for signs of those who walked this way before- from Native Americans to early settlers, woodsmen and moonshiners.

The Neusiok Trail is part of the 900-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail that begins in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ends in Jockey Ridge State Park at the ocean. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is blazed with white circles.

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At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Year round.
Restrictions: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Closest Towns: Havelock, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest

General Information

Directions: To south terminus, Oyster Point: From Newport, follow Chatham St. for 2.8 miles to Market St. and turn left. Follow Market St. to Mill Creek Road. (SR 1154). Go 7.1 miles to Oyster Point Road (FR 181). Turn right for one mile. To north terminus: From Havelock, turn onto NC 101 and go 5.3 miles to Ferry Rd. NC 306. Turn left and go 3.3 miles to FR 132. Turn left on unpaved road. Go 1.7 miles to Pinecliff Picnic Area at road's end.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Hiking is best from October through May when the brush is thinnest and the insects are sparse. The trail crosses several roads, so the trail can be shortened to suit you.

Parking is available at the trailheads. The trail is marked by rectangular aluminum tags that are undamaged by regular prescribed burning.

The trail crosses many wet areas, so you may get your feet wet despite a number of bridges and boardwalks.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed as long as there is no burning ban in effect.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Backpacking

Hiking is best from October through May when the brush is thinnest and the insects are sparse. The trail crosses several roads, so the trail can be shortened to suit you.

Parking is available at the trailheads. The trail is marked by rectangular aluminum tags that are undamaged by regular prescribed burning.

The trail crosses many wet areas, so you may get your feet wet despite a number of bridges and boardwalks.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed as long as there is no burning ban in effect.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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