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Canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
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Longleaf Trail

Longleaf Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

The park's Longleaf Trail was created in 2013 as a way to connect hikers and joggers from the Visitor Center to the park's Sand Path and then onto the Spanish Moss Trail. Following the trails in that order permits for a two-mile loop back to the Visitor Center. The Longleaf Trail is so named for the fact that it passes through the park's longleaf pine restoration area, a 75-acre section of mixed pine and hardwood that is being burned with prescribed fire on regular intervals to foster the dominance of the longleafs that originally were featured on the property. Two of the park's three oldest longleafs, used in the Naval Stores industry between 1750 and 1875, are still alive along this trail and feature the distinctive scarred bases that are indicative of past pitch collection efforts. For those who look closely enough, this section of forest also displays historic red-cockaded woodpecker dens on several mature longleaf pines also.

Trail Location: 
This trail forms a connection from the Visitor Center parking lot to the park's Sand Path.
Trail Point of Interest: 
Longleaf pine restoration area. Former Naval Store trees. Historic RCW dens. Active eastern fox squirrel population.
Trail Length: 
0.40 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface

Map of North Carolina – Cliffs of the Neuse State Park


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Visitor center

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

GPS: 32.2354, -77.8932




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