The Neusiok Trail appeals to those who enjoy rough camping and trails seeing little traffic, although the hike crosses several paved and unpaved roads. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere except at Pine Cliff, so long as garbage is faithfully packed out. No camping facilities are available along the 21-mile trail, but there are three lean-toos that are free and open for use. Boots are necessary for unbridged wet areas. The trailhead starts on the Neuse River at Pine Cliff Recreation Area and ends at Oyster Point on the Newport River. It passes through a cypress-lined sandy beach, hardwood forests and thick pocosin with pond pines.
Hikers and campers need to bring their own drinking water and are advised to wear all-weather gear, waterproof boots and plenty of bug repellent. Fall, winter and early spring are considered the best times for camping and hiking, mainly because of the biting, stinging and zinging insects of summer. Boat ramps are available at Brices Creek, Cahooque Creek and Haywood Landing. Long Point, off N.C. Highway 58, has a ramp specifically for kayaks and canoes. Locals favor these spots for their natural beauty and handy access to water, but insects can be prolific and irritating in the summer months. Directions may be obtained by calling or stopping at the district ranger's office on Fisher Avenue.
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