Croatan National Forest Damaged by Bikers and Horseback Riders

Published Sep 18, 2014

The Appalachian Trail is a Foot Path. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail is a Foot Path. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail and many others are foot paths that do not allow mountain bikes, horses or motorized vehicles. The Island Creek Forest Walk trail in North Carolina's Croatan National Forest is also for hiking only. Unfortunately, that trail has been damaged by illegal use by mountain bikers and horseback riders.

District Ranger Jim Gumm says, "The wonderful walk in the woods named the Island Creek Forest Walk has experienced illegal use recently from mountain bikers and horseback riders using this trail. The trail was not designed or approved for such uses, which have unfortunately caused significant damage to the fragile ecosystem."

The Forest Service asks visitors to help protect Island Creek Forest Walk from further damage by using it for its designed purpose. The Forest Service recently replaced all trail markers and reinstalled approved-use signs to remove confusion as to where hikers should go and what uses are approved.

In the Croatan National Forest, horseback riding is permitted at the Pine Cliff trail area. Mountain biking is permitted in the Flanners Beach Recreation Area and on Forest Service roads.

Contact Dennis Foster at 252-638-5628, ext. 4003 for more information about the Island Creek Forest Walk.

Click Here for Forest Service Info on Island Creek Forest Walk

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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