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Patsy Pond Nature Trail


The Patsy Pond Nature Trail is part of the Croatan National Forest and winds through an open woodland of longleaf pine forest. Visitors have three trail options, a 0.75 mile trail loop, a 1.5 mile trail loop, or a 2.5 mile trail loop. Red-cockaded Woodpecker can be found here year round. Look for active cavity trees marked with blue bands. Also present are Wild Turkey, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler and other species associated with longleaf pine forest. Signs along the 1.5 mile trail pertain to the self-guided tour brochure.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch


longleaf pine forest, isolated wetlands, moist shrubland, ponds

Special Features/Concerns

Hunting is allowed within Croatan National Forest during certain times of the year. Birders should be aware of current hunting regulations and seasons and take adequate safety precautions during those times. For more on hunting season safety precautions, see the hunting season information at the beginning of this guide.

Access and Parking

The parking lot is directly across the road from the NC Coastal Federation headquarters on NC 24. An informational kiosk at the west end of the parking lot marks the start of the trail; brochures are available here for a self-guided walk. The trail is open daily during daylight hours.


Take NC 24 west from Morehead City for approximately 9 miles. The parking lot is on the north side of the road, directly across from the NC Coastal Federation headquarters. The headquarters are open to visitors 8:30am to 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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