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“great place to take a hike -- bring the dog!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail

Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail
1300 Ferry Road, Havelock, NC
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Havelock
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Oriental NC
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“great place to take a hike -- bring the dog!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Take the trail along the water and back into the woods. It's beautiful! Dogs like it too! Bring plenty of water though -- it can get hot -- especially in the Summer.

Visited January 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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“Looooong and Sometimes Buggy and Muddy!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Love the trail when it's not too hot and humid (Fall, Winter & Spring) and hasn't rained in a while. Part of the trail follows the Neuse and can be quite scenic. Most of the trail is through forested area and can be narrow and hard to follow.

Visited February 2013
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Virginia
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“One of the best trails I have hiked”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We hiked section 1 on Saturday, January 12th. It is very evident that this trail is painstakingly maintained and groomed. I have hiked all over the country and this was one of the best. Could not have asked for it to have been marked any better. Section 1 with all the changes in ecosystems was very interesting. Read somewhere that it took 5 years to build and it sure looks it. Have never been on a trail with so many boardwalks. Only had one issue with algae growing on boardwalks that made them very slippery but we adjusted. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who maintain this trail.

Visited January 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Eastern NC's Premier Long-Distance Hiking Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The Neusiok Trail is about 20 miles long and runs from the banks of the Neuse River through Croatan National Forest to Oyster Point along the Newport River. It is eastern North Carolina's premier long-distance hiking trail (and part of the state-wide Mountains-to-Sea Trail) and one of the few good backpacking trips in this part of the state. For those who do not wish to through-hike the trail, it crosses roads at several points dividing the trail into easily-hikeable sections. Being a coastal forest, the trail crosses sandy beaches, cypress swamps, hardwood forest, longleaf pine savannahs, and pocosin bogs. Through swampy areas, the trail has boardwalks to cross and keep your feet dry. If it's been raining, be very careful as the boardwalks are very slippery. For those who do plan to through-hike (the trail is part of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail), there are three shelters along the way - Copperhead Landing between Pine Cliff and NC-306; Dogwood Camp, less than a mile south of NC-101; and Blackjack Lodge, about one mile north of Mill Creek Road. Due to the swampy nature, it's best to avoid the trail during summer months when the temperature, humidity, and insects are at their worst. Also, during hunting season, it's best to wear blaze orange as the trail crosses game lands.

A particularly nice section of the trail for a day hike runs from the north terminus at Pine Cliff Recreation Area to NC-306. The trail starts following the beach along the Neuse River at Pine Cliff then travels through several pocosin bogs and passes Copperhead Landing shelter. A sign at the trailhead says its only 5.6 miles for this section, but I think it's actually closer to 7.

Visited December 2012
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Havelock, North Carolina
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“Nice place to very the Crystal coast colors.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The trail is worth the walk at the right time of the year. Some very beautiful views, you can forget your worries.

Visited November 2012
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