Black Swamp OHV Trailhead


This trail offers eight off-highway-vehicle trail miles for riders. The trail is designated for all-terrain vehicles and trail bikes.  ATVs are defined as having seat to be straddled by the operator and a handlebar for steering, with three, four, or six wheels and under 60 inches in width.

Visitors can purchase passes at the following locations:

  • Fisher Oil, 110 Riverdale Road, New Bern, N.C. 28562
  • Fisher Oil, Carolina Pines, 100 Carolina Pines Blvd, New Bern, N.C. 28560
  • Fisher Oil, Pender Park, 2845 Hwy 24, Newport, N.C. 28570
  • Merchants Grocery Co., 1801 Brice's Creek Rd, New Bern, N.C. 28562

At a Glance

Fees There is a $5.00 fee for the day or you can obtain a yearly pass for $30.00. The fee box, previously located at the OHV trailhead, has been removed. All permits must be purchased from the Croatan District Office, located at :
141 E. Fisher Avenue
New Bern, NC 28560.
The office is closed from 12 - 1 in the afternoon.
Open Season: Year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Children under 8 may not operate ATV's or motorcycles. Children under age 12 may not operate any ATV 70cc or larger. Children under age 16 may not operate any ATV 90cc or larger. Operators under 16 must be under the supervision of a person over 18 years of age. Helmets and eye protection are mandatory. No passengers allowed on ATV's, unless they are designed by manufacturer to carry passengers. Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on designated Forest Service roads. Alcohol is prohibited on the trail system and in the dispersed camping areas. Spark arresters, mufflers, and brakes are required for all motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: New Bern, Havelock
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest

General Information

Directions: From US 70 E between New Bern and Havelock turn right onto FS1100. There will be a White church at this turn. Road will be paved and then turns to gravel. Cross the 2nd bridge and turn at the next left onto Black Swamp Road. OHV trail head is on the left.


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