The Weetock Trail is located in the western Croatan National Forest and was
conceived and blazed by members of the Carteret County Wildlife Club in 2001-2003.
The trail is almost circular. The southern terminus is on Highway 58 just north
of the forest's Hillfield Road or directly across the highway from Davis Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church. The northern end is just off Highway 58 on the
Haywood Landing Road.
In 2007 a large portion of the southern part of the trail was re-routed by the
US Forest Service. Wildlife Club members hope that in the near future the
original routing of the trail will be re-established.
The following was originally composed by Gene Huntsman, February 2003
Members of the Carteret County Wildlife Club have completed marking a new 11
mile hiking trail in the western portion of the Croatan National Forest just off
Highway 58 in southern Jones County. A major purpose of the trail is to provide
recreational opportunity to the rapidly expanding populations of western Carteret
and southeastern Onslow Counties.
Provisionally known as the Weetock Trail, the new pathway intersects Highway 58
in the Long Point area of the forest just north of the crossroads community of
Kuhns and about 7 miles north of Cape Carteret. Weetock is the original
Algonquian name of the White Oak River.
Making almost a complete circle, the trail begins (or ends) on Highway 58 just
south of the Forest's Hillfield Road, proceeds west for almost two miles on low
bluffs along Hunters Creek then proceeds approximately north, somewhat
paralleling the White Oak River, for over 5 miles to Haywood Landing, then
traverses on bluffs above Holston Creek about 3.5 miles east to the junction of
Highway 58 and the Haywood Landing Road.
Along its route the trail passes through, or borders, hardwood ridges,
cypress-gum-palmetto swamps, pine flatwoods, beaver ponds, managed wildlife
clearings, springs and creeks. Archeological sites near the trail span the
breadth of man's history on the Carolina coastal plain and include Native
American settlement sites, a cemetery dating to plantation and slavery days,
and a giant sawdust pile from the era of cutting the longleaf pine forests
that originally covered the area. Sign of bears and wild turkeys is common
along the trail, and alligators frequent the adjacent swamps and marshes.
Long Point campground and Haywood Landing lie on the trail.
In cooperation with, and at the request of personnel of the U.S. Forest Service,
club members expended over 275 man-hours of labor in initial surveys and in
placing permanent marks along the trail's route. The permanent markers are one
inch by five inch reflective strips cut from aluminum sheeting used in the
printing of the Carteret County News-Times and generously donated by the
publishers. The same markers, also donated by the News-Times, have been is use
for over thirty years on the 22 mile Neusiok Trail (another project of the
Carteret County Wildlife Club) in the eastern portion of the Croatan Forest.
Although the new trail is completely marked, some parts require further clearing
(but many sections are almost sidewalk-passable). Trail users should not be
discouraged by occasional brushy areas or downed trees. Hikers encountering
obstacles can expect improved conditions ahead. Final approval of the trail's
routing is contingent on completion of environmental reviews of the project,
but these are expected to be pro forma, and no or few changes in the trail
alignment are expected.
Workers unknown to the Wildlife Club or the Forest Service have done an
excellent job in clearing several areas along the trail. The Wildlife Club
officers would like to know the identity of these workers so that appropriate
credit can be given and so that work can be coordinated. Numerous opportunities
for youth (Scout, 4-H, etc.) projects exist along the new Weetock Trail. For
more information on the trail contact Gene Huntsman at (252) 447-4061.
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