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.
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.