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Address: Croatan National Forest, New Bern, NC
Phone Number: 919-638-5628
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Activities: Walking

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Had to talk my friend into this one, but......

Yup, my friend isn't much for hiking. Actually it's a walk. The trees, plant life, creek, sounds, mushrooms, sounds, quiet, easy to follow trails made it worth it for both of us.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Yup, my friend isn't much for hiking. Actually it's a walk. The trees, plant life, creek, sounds, mushrooms, sounds, quiet, easy to follow trails made it worth it for both of us.

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Ophelia, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Trail was easy to find, parking lot was empty on the week day morning. According to my Fitbit we hiked 5 miles in and out. The water was high so when we got to the stream crossing on the blazed trail the trail went way under water so we hung a left and followed the in marked but obvious trail... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Walked on July 7th and once I started I was quickly stopped on one of the paths by downed trees and there was no visible path after. Backtracked and took another route. Check for very small ticks afterwards!!! Also, I don't think many made it to the trail loop that I did as I hit a spider web about every... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

As the photos for this review attest, this is a very diverse and attractive -- beautiful in places -- forest that is excellent for "wilderness wandering" if you don't want well-maintained trails, signage, or many indications of civilization. If, however, you want something more formal, marked, or maintained, this is probably not what you're looking for. I rated it "average"... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Love this place most in the spring, when the trees begin to leaf out and the forest floor is carpeted with early flowers. Trails are not well maintained, and hikers may occasionally find themselves back tracking or detouring because of fallen trees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My wife and I visited the trail yesterday and found that the trail fairy had visited since the last review. It was cleared of debris and had new and clear trail markers. It was a great short hike and a chance to see a true black water creek.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A recent visit to Island Creek Trail reminded me that mother nature will reclaim in short order what she considers hers. While still fairly easy to move around in, there is more dead fall, tip ups and missing markers than I recall from several years ago. A worthwhile project for an outdoor club to spend a few afternoons on.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It's a nice place to walk but, it has far too few trail signs and isn't maintained very well. Parts of the trail overgrown with poison ivy and other parts have downed trees and/or large branches. One trail was closed completely. Another was completely blocked by large downed branches. Overall, I was disappointed.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I, like a few others on here didn't see many trail signs, but I was using GPS for Geocashing. If you're into Geocashing, there are a few out here to find. We went in the winter so as not to run into any fanged friends. Make sure to download a map or carry a GPS with you.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I was leery of taking my dog here for a Sunday afternoon walk after the recent reviews, but the directions were perfect and we had a great time. There was one trail, about .25 miles in that said it was closed, but it seemed to me there was still a nice, fairly well-kempt trail to travel. We met only one... More 

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