CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST
Croatan National Forest is located along the coast of North Carolina. This is a relatively flat region with forests of pine and hardwood, as well as cypress. Major areas are boggy and wet. The scenic White Oak River and three other rivers run along the borders of the National Forest, and there are several lakes. Wildlife includes deer, bear, and alligator.
The National Forest has four designated wilderness areas: the 11,000-acre Pocosin Wilderness, the 9,550-acre Sheep Ridge Wilderness, the 7,600-acre Catfish Lake South Wilderness, and the 1,860-acre Pine Wilderness.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on several easy to moderate trails, longest of which is the 22-mile Neusiok Trail. Wet trail conditions are common. Canoeing is possible on some of the rivers here. Saltwater fishing and limited freshwater fishing are other options. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed almost anywhere, as are campfires, except near public use areas. No permits are necessary. Few suitable campsites will be found in wet areas. Summer camping is not recommended because of heat and insects.
For Further Information: Croatan National Forest, 435 Thurman Road, New Bern, NC 28560; (919)638-5628.