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 join the forum ( it does not cost anything ) and I will try to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can. I no longer answer emailed questions, so please post them on the forum. If you find something wrong on the site then please let me know so I can correct it.


Trail News & Happenings

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. If you do email me asking a question(s) I will direct you to ask the question of the forum. I normally check the forum at least once a day so you will not have to wait long for an answer. Just to let you know, the last several people to email me asking questions did not check the web site as the answers to their questions are on this site. Thank you.

08 Nov 2019
The Trail is 3/4 OPEN

Just got off phone with ranger's office and they tell me that the Neusiok Trail is open from Hwy 306 to Oyster Point. They told me Hwy 306 to Pine Cliffs is closed due to catastrophic environmental issues and they expect it will be 3-4 years before it reopens.

I asked if the Horse Trails were open and they said yes. When I asked why were the horse trails open as they are also located in that same stretch, the Forest Service said because there is a volunteer group that cleaned it up. 

When I asked if there was a volunteer group I could join to help get the Pine Cliffs section of the NT cleaned up, I was told there was not. That part is BS IMO as the Carteret County Wildlife Club built the trail and has maintained the trail since the trail started over 40 years ago and has always been ready to go in and conduct trail work when needed.

Trying to figure out why these "?" are showing up

Loose a Phone ??

12 Nov 2019
Found a Phone....

While out hiking to day, I found a cell phone at Dogwood Shelter. If it is yours, please contact me so I can get it back to you.