Brice's Creek Trail

The Saltwater Adventure Trail includes Brice's Creek and is unique in that it is the only national forest saltwater trail in the nation. It is a water-based trail that displays the unique ecosystems and history of the eastern coastal tidelands. The trip provides visits to several points of interest, is suitable for novices, and can take as long as seven days. The route is approximately 100 miles long and nearly circumvents the Croatan National Forest. Recreational opportunities are numerous. The focus of this trail is adventure, exploration, accessibility and a unique setting. Many of the features along the trail can also be accessed by car.

At a Glance

Fees: No fee.
Open Season: Year round.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: New Bern, Pollocksville
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest

General Information

Directions: Travel south of New Bern on US 70 East. Go over the Trent River Bridge about 1.5 miles. Turn right at the first craven Regional Airport sign and turn left onto SR 1004 (Madam Moore's Lane). Go 1.7 miles, then turn left on SR 1143 (Perrytown Road). Go 1.5 miles, turn left at the Brice's Creek sign and go 1 mile on dirt road. The canoe trail begins and ends at the boat ramp. A Brice's Creek brochure can be obtained at the Croatan District Office, New Bern, NC 252/638-5628.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Fishing in Brice's Creek is availble.
Fish Species Catfish, Bluegills, Redbreast Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Bo
Fishing Mode Boat, Canoe
Fishing Method Bait, lure
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

This trail has lots of water and bird species to view.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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