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.

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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.

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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 join the forum ( it does not cost anything ) 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.

Out for a day hike with the new puppy, Sam is a Lab mix and at 8 months he is at 100 lbs. His inner Lab comes out when he hike as he can not resist playing in the water and mud. He had been playing in this sink for a minute before I could start recording. He needed a bath when we got home.

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Trail News & Happenings

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Feb 2017
The forum is up and running

If you have a question, please go to the forum to ask it. I will not be answering emailed questions related to the trail anymore as that is what the forum is for. The reason for this change is that others will find your questions and the answers very helpful and save me from answering the same questions over and over and others may be able to offer some insight on things I missed. Thank you.

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.

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March 2016
Mile Markers

Someone has installed mile marker posts along the trail. They are about 3 feet high with the mile number routed into the post and there is a plastic sign attached with the GPS coordinates. If you know who installed these, please let me know so we can give them credit.
Mystery solved...I received an email with the following information... "These were installed by Shane Braswell (Troop 61 Newport, NC) and other scouts for Shane's Eagle Scout service project, which was approved by the forestry station in New Bern."