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.

Trail Closed
1 Nov 2018
The Trail is still closed

As most of you know, Flo did a number on the coast of North Carolina ( and my house ). The Forest Service has declared that the Neusiok Trail and the Forest Roads ( dirt ) providing access to much of the trail are also closed. A map of the Croatan NF shows that most of the forest service roads are closed. There is no word on when the Croatan Forest and or the Neusiok Trail will open again. August 2019...While the Carteret County Wildlife CLub has done alot of work on the trail, it is still closed. Please call the Croatan Rangers office and complain to them as the trail is hikable of the Croatan NF ( but not the trail ) have reopened. Check under Anouncements in the Forum for more details. I recently got word that at least one hiker on the trail got a ticket for hiking the trail.