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


Salt Water Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat
Fishing Method Fly, Bait, Lure

River and Stream Fishing

Fish Species Striped Bass, Rock Bass, Redbreat-Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Flounder, Gars, Striped Mullet, Pumpkinseed, Chain Pickerel, Spots, Croaker,
Fishing Mode Boat
Fishing Method Bait, lure

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities