Patsy Pond Nature Trail


Patsy Pond Nature Trail is part of Croatan National Forest. It winds through an area referred to as Longleaf Pine Flat Woods, which is an open woodland of longleaf pines with low growing herbs and shrubs. There are natural ponds and sinkholes, native flora and fauna along the trails. There are 3 loops - short loop - .75 mile, medium loop = 1 mile and the long loop = 1.9 miles. This is an interpretive trail. Numbered signs correspond to brochures available at Trailhead and at NC Coastal Federation office. The NC Coastal Federation organized the development of this trail.

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Year round.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Closest Towns: New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Swansboro, Emerald Isle
Water: Drinking Water available at the NC Coastal Federation office during M_F 08:30 - 5:00.
Restroom: Restrooms available at the NC Coastal Federation office during M_F 08:30 - 5:00.
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest and NC Coastal Federation

General Information

Directions: The trailhead is located on HWY 24 midway between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, in the community of Ocean. Entrance is 1/2 mile west of Croatan High School and across the highway from the NC Coastal Federation office.

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