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Black Swamp OHV Area

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Alt Names

Croatan National Forest, Croatan OHV, Catfish Lake Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers about eight miles of trails that wind through a mixed pine and scrub oak forest. The terrain is mostly flat but can get extremely muddy during wet weather. Deep mud puddles are common even during dry weather.

The main staging area offers plenty of room for parking and has a vault toilet and trash cans but no running water so come prepared. Dispersed camping is permitted.

The trails are open to machines that are 50 inches or less in width. The forest is open daily, year-round except during extreme weather conditions.

Please note that a trail permit is required to ride here and must be obtained prior to arrival since there is no self pay kiosk. Passes can be purchased by visiting nearby vendors or by contacting the Croatan District Office.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityNew Bern, NC
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From: New Bern, NC
1) Take US-70 east about 10 miles
2) Turn right (west) on FS1100/Catfish Lake Road, continue 9 miles
3) Turn left (south) on FS152, staging area is on the immediate left.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail8
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation35 to 45 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesTrail Riding Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areasdispersed camping is permitted
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementManyDedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
Camping
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Carolina East Medical Center (252) 634-6400
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Fuel Market (252) 633-1976
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Fuel Market (252) 633-1976
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Paul's RV Park & Boat Ramp (252) 444-4929 or (252) 229-6421
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Paul's RV Park & Boat Ramp (252) 444-4929 or (252) 229-6421
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Paul's RV Park & Boat Ramp (252) 444-4929 or (252) 229-6421
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Flanner's Beach Campground (252) 638-5628
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Fuel Market (252) 633-1976
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (E)Flanner's Beach (252) 638-5628
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (SE)Great Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (SE)Great Lake Boat Ramp

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoCroatan National Forest
141 E. Fisher Avenue
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-5628
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RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Black Swamp OHV Area Trail

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Black Swamp Trail Photo

Black Swamp OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/28/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Swamp Trail Photo

OHV at Black Swamp OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/28/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Swamp Trail Photo

OHV at Black Swamp OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/28/2013 (Thanks!)

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