Frequently updated list of walking nature trails in the Carteret County NC municipalities of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Newport, Pine Knoll Shores, Cedar Point, Beaufort, Emerald Isle and other areas.
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Patsy Pond Nature Trail
This hiking area is located at 3614 Highway 24 in Newport NC and is maintained by the NC Coastal Federation and is part of the Croatan National Forest. This is a beautiful area for walking and expect to experience longleaf pines with low-growing herbs and shrubs, pocosin areas, and many birds indigenous to this region. Be on the lookout for the red-cockaded woodpecker, Carolina gopher frog, and white-tailed deer.
This area is broken up into 3 distinct trails:
- Green Trail: 0.75 miles long.
- Blue Trail: 1.75 miles long.
- Yellow Trail: 1.9 miles long.
There is free parking and restrooms are available to the NC Coastal Federation’s office across the street. This area is for foot traffic only.
Hoop Pole Creek
This is a small trail that is located on Highway 58 in Atlantic Beach NC and located near the Atlantic Station Shopping area where parking is available. This is a very short trail that winds from Highway 58 to Bogue Sound and gives people perfect viewing of coastal shorebirds and saltwater marsh areas.
Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area
This 265 acre nature preserve is located across from the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores NC and is a beautiful walk to experience representations of maritime forest ecosystems, saltwater marsh habitats, birdlife, and shellfish.
Review our article on the Elliott Coues trail at Ft. Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach NC.
Cedar Point Tideland Trail
Located on Highway 58 from Highway 24 near Dudley Rd, this is a beautifully maintained nature walking trail along the White Oak River. This area offers great representations of saltwater pocosins, hardwood and pine forests, and estuaries of the White Oak River. During your walk, there are many wildlife viewing areas. This wildlife viewing area is maintained by the USDA Forest Service.
This is a 20 mile long trail that winds from the Neuse River to the to the Newport River that offers recreational viewing of cypress swamps, hardwood ridges, longleaf pine savannah and pocosin- shrubby bogs common to the Carolina coast. This trail is actually a 900 mile mountains to the sea trail that starts at the Great Smoky Mountains and ends at Jockey Ridge State Park but the Carteret County NC portion is 20 miles long.
Access points are located in Havelock, Newport, Beaufort, and Morehead City.
This is an extensive trail that offers immense nature viewing area, hiking, camping, and gives you great access to the entire coastal ecosystem of our coastal wetlands.
Access areas: In Newport, follow Chatham St. for 2.8 miles to Market St. and turn left. Follow Market St. to Mill Creek Rd. (SR 1154). Go 7. 1 miles to Oyster Point Rd. Turn right for one mile.
From Havelock, turn onto NC 101 and go 5.3 miles to Ferry Rd. (NC 306). Turn left on NC 306 and go 3.3 miles to Forest Road 132. Turn left on unpaved road. Go 1.7 miles to Pine Cliff Picnic Area at road’s end.
Cedar Point Park
Newly opened in 2020, the Cedar Point Park is a 56 acre walking and viewing area of coastal wildlife along the White Oak River. The access point for this area is at Masonic Avenue.
This area offers 3 different easy trails for foot traffic only.
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