Saltwater Adventure Trail


The Saltwater Adventure Trail 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, Maysville, Swansboro, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Cape Carteret
Operated By: USDA-Forest Service, Croatan National Forest



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