Camping on the trail

Can I camp out along the Neusiok Trail...YES

The good news....

Camping opportunities abound in the Croatan NF. There are three pay to camp grounds located across the forest and with the exception of the recreation areas which are day use areas only, you can camp just about anywhere you want.

The bad news is that much of the Croatan is a swamp and full of water and or covered with underbrush so thick that it is next to impossible to walk thru and it would take a bulldozer to access and even then the bulldozer might get stuck ( it happened during the building of the trail when a bulldozer being used to clear a path through the thick underbrush on one section of the trail got stuck and a much larger bulldozer had to be brought in to retrieve the stuck dozer and finish the job ).

Fortunately, along the trail there are plenty of places that make great camp sites. and it does not cost anything to camp.

The main locations for camping will be at the three shelters.

You can fit several adults in the the shelters. There is also room for tents and or hammocks next to and or close by the shelters. I often set up my hammock close to shelters when spending the night in the woods.

The Neuse River has plenty of sites suitable for hammocks and or tents where you can enjoy a view of the river, boats and birds along with the occasional airplane or jet.

Other than that just find a place along the trail and set up camp for the night.

There are no restrictions that I am aware of on building a fire in the woods. If you do so, please make sure to keep the fire contained and make sure the fire is out before you leave. I have come across camp fires that were left burning and no one was around. There is plenty of dead wood around that you can burn so please do not cut down live trees or use an ax on them.

Please practice leave no trace and pack out your trash. If you do leave trash behind make sure it is something of value like a large stainless steel stock pot with lid I found left at a shelter. It cleaned up nicely and I am still using it.

image Tent the wife and I used BH ( before hammocks )

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Hanging with a view along the Neuse River

Unfortunately a hurricane took out this favorite hanging location

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Hanging at Blackjack shelter

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Dinner time at Dogwood Shelter

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BlackBird hammocks along the Neuse River