Croatan National Forest

Quick Facts

Croatan National Forest

North Carolina

(252) 638-5628


Things To Do


The Croatan National Forest is one of four national forests in North Carolina, and the only true coastal forest in the East. Croatan's 160,000 acres have pine forests, saltwater estuaries, bogs and raised swamps called pocosins. Bordered on three sides by tidal rivers and the Bogue Sound, the forest is defined by water.

All the water provides a variety of recreation and diversity of wildlife, from deer, black bears and turkeys, to wading birds, ospreys and alligators.

Canoeing and fishing are popular on blackwater creeks and saltwater marshes. The Croatain National Forest is also home to the carnivorous Venus fly-trap, sundew and pitcherplant.

Map of Croatan Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 34.914440, -77.056450



  • Boating

    Numerous launches for motorboats and canoes and kayaks are located throughout the forest.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is possible at the Neuse River Trails

  • Camping

    Three developed campgrounds are located in the forest, and several areas support dispersed camping.

  • Hiking

    Several trails are available for hikers, with options ranging from short walks to long, multi-day treks.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The Black Swamp OHV Trail offers eight off-highway-vehicle trail miles for riders. The trail is designated for all-terrain vehicles, trail bikes and four-wheel drives with a wheel base less than 50 inches.

  • Picnicking

    There are several developed picnic areas in the forest.

Phone Numbers


(252) 638-5628