At Pine Cliffs Recreation Area there is a large parking area. You can leave your car overnight.
At Oyster Point there there is a large parking area. You can leave
your car overnight. There is a campground host at the campgrounds next
to the parking lot, This is where I usally leave my truck when camping
About 1.9 miles north of Hwy 101 on Hwy 306 ( Ferry Rd ) there is a
small parking area on the right side of road that can hold 4 to 6
cars/trucks. Once you pass the Fire Station ( 1.4 miles ) on your Left there
will be a housing development ( Apple Drive Estates ) on your Right.
The parking area is just past the housing area on the Right. The trail
crosses Hwy 306 at this location and continues back into the woods
to the Right of the Trail Kiosk at the rear of the parking area. There
is what looks like a trail or old dirt road to the left of the Trail
Kiosk, it is not the trail although it will meet back up with the trail.
On Hwy 101 there is a brand new hikers parking area where the trail
crosses the highway. It was just built August 2015 in a joint effort between
the Croatan NF, NCDOT and the Cateret County Wildlife Club. This parking
area is large enough for about 6 cars.
This new Hwy 101 parking area is 15.8 miles north of Beaufort
and 6+ miles south of Havelock
No more parking on the shoulders of Hwy 101
You can park on the shoulder of Mill Creek Road north ( downhill )
of where the trail crosses Mill Creek Road. There is enough room for 2
cars on the North side of the road. If it has been raining, the road
shoulder can be very muddy.
While I have not heard of any cars being broken into when left
overnight at any of the locations in several years, it is always a possibilty.
Please make sure anything of value is locked in the trunk and or hidden from
view to reduce temptation. When I leave a car overnight I drive my 22 year
old pickup truck. It is the true beater truck and looks bad enough that
thieves might take pity on me and leave something better in it's place.
If water is a concern then you can always stash/stage/hide some water jugs/bottles
close to a parking area you will be crossing on your hike. Please remember to take the empty
water bottles with you.
You can also access sections of the trail via several dirt / Forest
Service Roads. The roads can be rough if it has been awhile since they
were graded but can be driven by a sedan / small car like a Ford Focus.
4 Wheel drive is not needed. These roads are not shown on most maps and
when they are shown, they are usually not labeled.
You can park along the dirt forest service roads closs to where the
trail crosses the roads. Please pull over far enough so that you are not
blocking the dirt road
Billfinger Rd FSR 147 ( dirt ) located 17.2 miles west of Beaufort
and 5 miles east of Havelock ( just west of Hwy 306 ). Billfinger Rd ends at
Deep Creek Rd. It is on the East bound side of Hwy 101
Deep Creek Rd FSR 169 ( dirt )is located 13.9 miles west of Beaufort
and 8 miles east of Havelock and is located next to the Easter Lilly Lodge.
Billfinger Rd runs into Deep Creek Rd about 1 mile in. The trail uses
Deep Creek Rd as part of the trail. Continue on another 2 miles and you
will see where the trail heads back into the woods. The
Carteret County Wildlife Club is working on getting the trail off the
dirt road and into the woods. About 0.5 miles of the new trail section
has been completed and is on the west side of the road.
Alligator Tram Rd FSR 124 ( dirt ) is about 1.3 miles east on Old
Wineberry on the east bound side of the road. It is about 1+ mile drive
back to where the trail crosses the road. Very little room to park along
New Hwy 101 hikers parking area. The trail continues back into the woods
to the left of the trail kiosk.
Hwy 306 ( Ferry Rd ) parking lot. The trail goes back into the woods to the right
of the parking area as you are looking at it in this picture
Pine Cliffs Recreation Parking Area. The trail head will be on the other side of the picnic shelter.
There is no water at this location.
Oyster Point Parking Area. The trail head will be to the right of the trail kiosk.
The camp ground is also to the right. There is water at the campground.