Best time to hike the trail ?

The best time to hike this trail is during the cooler months of the year. During the warm/hot summer months the heat and humidty plus the deer flies and mosquitoes can make for a very unpleasant hikling experience.

Getting lost on the trail..

It's hard to get lost on this this trail. The trail is well blazed and along with signs at major turns it is hard to get lost. Look for the rectanglular alumminum strips on the trees to help guide you. If you don't see a blaze in front of you then turn around and look behind you.


Camping on the trail

While much of the trail goes thru extremly dense areas of brush, there are still lots of places to camp out along the trail and or at the shelters.


Welcome to my site

When I started hiking the trail there was very little information about the trail. I figured that if I was looking for information on the trail then others would be too. The information on this site is as accurate and uptodate as I can make it but you still use it at your own risk. Check out the NT Forum for the most up todate information and if you have a question please email me and I will try to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can. If you find something wrong on the site then please let me know so I can correct it.

The hiker in the banner picture is my youngest son Jeff who would often hike with me before he got a new job as an IT Tech and moved out of the area. He said he only went hiking with me becuase of the snacks I shared and the hot chocolate I made when we took a break

Videos of the trail

I will try and change out the video here on a regular basis.

This video is a slide show of the 1.7 mile southern most section of the trail. Click on it to start

Trail News & Happenings

30 Aug 2015
New look for site

The old site worked but was looking rather dated so I have gone with a new look. This site is suppose to be cell phone and tablet friendly ( I hope ). I am stil in the process of redoing the layout and content so things will continue to change for the next few weeks as I find typos and delete and or add content.

20 Aug 2015
New parking lot

The work on the new hikers parking lot on Hwy 101 is finished. No more parking on the shoulders of a busy highway. The parking area is on the south bound side of Hwy 101 and has room for 4 to 6 cars/trucks. Located where the tail crosses Hwy 101. Thanks to the NCDOT, Croatan NF and the Carteret County Wildlife Club for making it possible.

Spring 2015
New section of trail open

The Carteret County Wildlife Club opened a new section of trail off of Deep Creek Road. The trail has traveled on Deep Creek Rd for the last 40 years. While the dirt road has made for a level path, it is also a long, straight and boring 2 mile hike. The ultimate goal is to get the trail completly off the road and back into the woods. The new section is about 3/4+ mile long and is still "rough"