Type: Urban Trail
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Swimming - Diving/snorkeling
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Croatan National Forest, near Cedar Point on State Route 24.
State(s): North Carolina
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The Tideland National Recreation Trail meanders through the salt marsh and its adjoining forest. On two loop trails, hikers can travel boardwalks and smooth gravel paths.
The 0.6 mile loop crosses the salt marsh and follows its edge. Interpretive signs tell the story of this vital community and how it is constantly changing. The short loop is level and wide enough for wheelchairs. Benches along the way provide rest stops.
The 1.3 mile loop goes on to skirt the edge of the White Oak River and wind over the marsh and through the woods. Then it reconnects with the short loop.
Take time to watch the herds of fiddler crabs scuttling back and forth to the water's edge. Listen to the wind swaying the Spartina grass and the gentle music of slow moving water. Be alert for egrets, deer, fish jumping, and other wildlife- large and small- that live here.
Be Prepared: In the warm months, chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes can be active. Yellow flies may be around in May and June. Stay on the trails to avoid chiggers and ticks. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Know how to recognize the abundant poison ivy and avoid it- remember: leaves of three, let it be.
Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 5
Year Designated: 1979
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Croatan National Forest
141 E. Fisher Ave
New Bern , NC 28560
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