Croatan National Forest

Croatan National Forest is located in the state of North Carolina in the United States and is managed by the United States Forest Service. This national forest holds 159,885 acres of coastal lands and is bordered by the Bogue Sound, White Oak River, and the Neuse River on three of its sides. It is located near the cities of Morehead City and New Bern. This forest is managed alongside three other national forests, including Pisgah and Uwharrie national forests. It holds four designated wilderness areas including Pond Pine Wilderness and Sheep Ridge Wilderness. Visitors can partake in many activities in Croatan National Forest like swimming, fishing, boating, biking, hunting, camping, and hiking.

Croatan National Forest holds many habitats including bogs, green swamps, pine forests, and salt estuaries. There are many types of trees in this national forest like poccasin pine, oak, beech, and longleaf pine, as species that is important to the red-cockaded woodpecker. Because the forest is located within the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion, these habitats support a large variety of terrestrial and aquatic animals. These include many species of reptiles and amphibians, bears, alligators, and bald eagles. Carnivorous plants can also be found in this area, like Venus flytraps and pitcher plants.

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