Croatan National Forest Guide

When European colonists appeared on North Carolina coasts, they were greeted by the Native American groups known collectively as the Croatans. These indigenous peoples thrived in the area where the Croatan National Forest sits today. Those who visit this forest may wonder how this setting of swamps, salt estuaries, bogs, and pocosins, which are wetland areas with deep acidic sandy peat soils that act like a sponge, could support a civilization. The answer is found in the depths of the Croatan National Forest, a 159,885-acre coastal wooded region surrounded on three sides by water. Where the early Europeans saw an impassable swamp, Native Americans saw an area filled with wildlife, abundant fishing, an incredible array of vegetables, and easy access to essential herbs. Exploring this forest in-depth begins at the forest's headquarters in faraway Asheville, NC, with support from nearby towns such as Morehead City, NC, and New Bern, NC.

Shape Hiking Trails

Croatan National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Croatan National Forest

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How to get to Croatan National Forest

Address: 160 Zillicoa Street, Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Croatan National Forest provides some of the most exotic natural features you will find anywhere in the country. Renting an RV to explore the entire forest leads to a vacation your family will remember for a lifetime.