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Flanners Beach Loop

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5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers


153' 47 m


-151' -46 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (3°)

30' 9 m


6' 2 m


Shared By Nick David



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Alright trail for a light ride in the Croatan National Forest

Nick David

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Open during daylight hours. May be closed during inclement weather.


This trail is not especially well kept, so be on the lookout for obstacles, especially after inclement weather. If there has recently been some good rainfall, expect moderate flooding (2-6 inches) in some parts, and fallen leaves may cover parts of the trail. There are some white arrows on some of the trees indicating where to turn to help keep you on track.

Beware of spiders. Every now and then they'll build webs across the bike path. While not dangerous, they are an inconvenience and often cause a surprise.

Be aware and courteous as there are occasionally hikers on the trail. Be sure to call yourself out around some of those blind curves.


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Jan 16, 2018
Rob H
Dry except for 2 spots. Some trees recently downed, and two that have been cleared. 8mi
Nov 24, 2017
Lucas Magrini
Be aware that the northern entrance that the left turn is not marked very well. Other than that it was a nice easy ride. My 10 yr old did well. 5.4mi
Nov 23, 2017
Biker Bill
Riding loop counter clockwise from north end of parking, watch for sharp left turn poorly marked. Do not go straight--- huge trees blocking this route
Nov 18, 2017
Rob H
Nice and dry 10mi
May 22, 2017
Richard Clark
Plants and such are starting to grow into the trail some of which had thorns that will get you on the arms. If there's a work day there let me know! 6.2mi
Jan 17, 2017
Brandon Lawrence
covered in leaves, trail is re-routed due to down trees from the hurricane. 6mi — 1h 00m
Sep 5, 2016
Jason Beter
Mar 16, 2016
Alan Bitters

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 8 votes


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Not a bad trail. The first half seems well maintained. Nice state park markers on the trail. Once you cross the road to the back half, it isn't in that great of shape. Lots of debris cover and no markers. There are a few arrows spray painted on trees but they are fading and you are left to guess which way to go. Someone has added some orange ribbon to help mark the trail, so that helped a bit. We did hit an area that had some pretty bad flooding. Spiders... So many spiders. If you are the first on the trail for the day like I was, you are automatically designated the spider web remover. Unfortunately I removed most with face. Overall it was a fun, quick ride and I will definitely be back to ride it again. Sep 6, 2016
I've ridden this many times. It's convenient on the way to/from the beach. It's a very easy (as mountain bike trails go), relaxing 5-8 mile ride, without a lot of technical features, but generally a fast/fun to ride. Easiest to start along the river by/past campground until it turns down and crosses a bridge, then up. Follow the map and orange / red markers tied off on trees after that. Oct 21, 2016
Tee Jay  
Overall it is an easy trail. My husband and I have gone twice there in the past 4 weeks. We usually start by the road just outside the gate to go in where the camp sites are. When we get over to where you can see the river, once you start again in the wooded area, huge trees have fallen and are on the trail. We had to turn around. I dont think they'll be moved. But we get about 4 easy miles. Sep 11, 2017

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