How to get to the trail


The trail is located on the coast of North Carolina close to
Havelock, Morehead and Beaufort in the Croatan National Forest.
Northern Terminus Trail Head at Pine Cliffs Recreation Area
  • All milage is approximate

  • From Havelock head east for 5.3 miles on Hwy 101

  • From Beaufort head west 15.8 miles on Hwy 101

  • Turn North onto Hwy 306 (Ferry Rd) which also takes you to the Cherry Branch Ferry.

  • After 3.2 miles look for the sign to Pine Cliff Recreation Area on the Left and turn onto the dirt road. It's easy to miss the sign. If you end up at the ferry terminal turn around. Follow the dirt road about 1.5 miles to the parking area.

  • About 0.6 mile in you will see a large parking area on your Left, do not turn here; this is parking for horse trailers. Stay on dirt road until you see Neuse River; the road will loop to around to left and you will see parking area. NOTE: The horse parking lot is closed at this time due to construction

  • Be on lookout for horse back riders on the road.

  • Plenty of parking, restrooms, picnic tables and fire pits over looking the Neuse.

  • Over night camping is not allowed here, only along the trail.

  • The trail head is to the right of the picnic shelter (as you face the picnic shelter with your back to the river). Look for the the sign at the edge of the woods.

image Trail head Pine Cliffs Recreation Area
21+ miles to Oysters Point image Trail head sign at Pine Cliffs Recreation Area
image Trail Head is to the Right of the kiosk

image Approching the parking area The camp grounds are to the right
Oyster Point - Southern Terminus Trail Head

  • All milage is approximate

  • From Havelock head east 12 miles on Hwy 101

  • From Beaufort head west 10.4 miles on Hwy 101

  • Turn onto Old Wineberry Rd. You will also see ( small ) signs saying Oyster Point and Duncan Landing 3 Miles. The milage on these signs is incorrect.

  • Follow Old Winberry Rd 3.7 miles to stop sign.

  • Turn Right onto Mill Creek Rd. In 0.2 miles you will turn Left onto Oyster Point Campground Road ( dirt ) to the left of the dump.

  • Follow the dirt road 1 mile to end.

  • Campground will be on right. Trail parking to left.

  • Look for Trail Kiosk which is at the trail head. The campground cost $8.00 per night ( 2014 ) and is not part of the trail. Walk onto the trail and you can camp out for free. The camp ground does have water and a pit toilet. Note: Sept 2015 The Kiosk was vandalized. Someone cut the lock and stole the maps and other information posted. I replaced the lock and brochures.

From Newport: take Chatham St and turn Left onto Market St and then turn Right on Orange Street which goes by prison and then turns into Mill Creek Rd. Stay on this road for about 7 miles. Look for Oyster Point turn off on right.

Note:....If you are going thru Newport, be sure and stop and eat at Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille. They have IMO the best BBQ in the area and very good hamburguers ect. They open for breakfast at 6AM. Nothing fancy, just food food.

Note:...Thre trail crosses several roads where one can access the trail as it meanders thru the woods and these locations are listed on the Parking and The Hike pages.

Note:... If you need a shuttle, then please call Gene or Sue Huntsman at 252.447.4061. They ask for a donation of $20 which they donate to the Carteret County Wildlife Club. They have a large pickup so they can transport several people and are dog friendly. Please arrange for your shuttle in advance as they may be gone camping or hunting.

If they are not avaialble then email me or call me on my cell phone at 252-732-1558 If I do not answer then leave a message.