Isolated...peaceful...this is the type of place you seek out purposefully. The ranger said it best, "you have to really work to get here". You come here for quiet exploration. We set out for a weekend of adventure and were openminded enough to find pleasure in the simplicity of the place...we canoed along the north shoreline of Lake Phelps (the sunset here is truly NOT to be missed!) hiked every trail park had to offer. We marveled at Somerset plantation... We drove along Shore Drive to Cypress Point, Pocosin Natural Area and were surprised and delighted to have that entire area to ourselves! The wildlife abounds here, especially for those willing to go 'the extra mile'. Watch for FROGS all around, even at the campsites and the path to the bathhouse! Spider webs can be annoying all along the trails...every few feet we had to swat away webs strewn across at eye level. All the spiders we saw were not harmful, though appeared quite scary. We saw a female canopy jumping spider on the fencepost around the goats at Somerset. Since we were there during autumn, the bugs seemed minimal. But we did not escape several mosquito bites, despite heavy coating of bugspray....so come prepared and stay alert...There are 3 types of venomous snakes here but we never encountered any, nor did we see a black bear which we were told are in abundance here. Nonetheless, what most people would dislike about this place, we absolutely love. We selfishly would prefer to keep quiet about it, it's the type of place we hope never changes.
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