Trails

The refuge offers several trails to experience the habitats and wildlife on the refuge. The Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk is located behind the Visitor Center in Columbia; the Duck Pen Wildlife Trail is located on the Pungo Unit off of South Lake Road.

In addition to these two interpretive trails, the refuge has more than 170 miles of unimproved roads with no or limited (hunting season) vehicle access open to hiking, biking, and walking. The roads are typically mowed on three year cycles, so grass and other vegetation may be dense on some roads. Watch out for ticks and snakes when hiking through vegetation. Some roads may parallel the refuge boundary. Be respectful of adjacent private land.

D-9 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North Boundary Canal Road Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.55
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North Boundary Road (Pungo) Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail parallels the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
3.10
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Evans Admin Road Trail

The northern end of this trail (north of the C-7 trail) is currently CLOSED for refuge management activities. Visitors may still use the southern section of the trail up to the Area Closed signs.

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
6.54
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
3 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North Lake Drive Fire Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.39
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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F-2 Cut Across Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
0.89
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North Lake Field Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
0.43
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Huber Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please respect adjacent private property.
Trail Length (mi)
2.30
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
1 hour
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North Pungo Lake Access Road Trail

This short natural-surface trail provides access to a viewing area at the north end of Pungo Lake, where thousands of swans and geese rest during the winter.
Trail Length (mi)
0.15
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Hiking
Photography
Wildlife watching
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J Canal Road Trail

This natural surface, unimproved road is open for walking, hiking, and biking. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

The trail terminates at the refuge boundary; please respect private property and do not trespass on adjacent lands.
Trail Length (mi)
5.50
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
2 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North Pungo Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

The western part of this trail is closed to all public entry November to February to protect wintering waterfowl from disturbance.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
2.93
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
2 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Northern Road Trail

This natural surface, unimproved road is open for walking, hiking, and biking. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

The trail terminates at the refuge boundary; please respect private property and do not trespass on adjacent lands.

Trail Length (mi)
4.35
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
2 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Pungo Central Road Trail

The western end of this trail is currently CLOSED for refuge management activities. Visitors may still use the eastern section of the trail up to the Area Closed signs.

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
2.52
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Icabod Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

The trail terminates at the refuge boundary; please respect private property and do not trespass on adjacent lands.
Trail Length (mi)
2.39
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
2 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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A-5 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
View Trail

A-3 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
0.99
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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New Lake Road Trail

Trail Length (mi)
8.22
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B-4 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Duck Pen Wildlife Trail

The Duck Pen Wildlife Trail passes through swamp forest to a photography blind overlooking Pungo Lake, where thousands of swans and geese rest during the winter. The gravel surface trail is 0.55 miles one-way. There is a pull-off for parking along South Lake Road; watch out for muddy spots and do not block the gate. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.
Trail Length (mi)
0.55
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Hiking
Photography
Wildlife watching
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C-8 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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B-8 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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North-Central Pungo Cut Across Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
0.54
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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C-Canal Road Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.04
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C-12 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Hyde Park To Allen Field Road #2 Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail passes through active farm fields. Please stay out of the fields when crops are present.

This trail terminates at a refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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D-6 Southside Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
View Trail

C-3 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk

This accessible boardwalk trail starts behind the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds in Columbia and loops through a cypress swamp along the Scuppernong River. Strolling along the boardwalk is a great and accessible way to see a variety of small animals and birds.  Interpretive signs placed throughout the self-guided walk explain the wildlife found in this type of habitat and encourage visitors to look, listen and learn. Sunsets over the river can be spectacular.
Trail Length (mi)
0.57
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
25 minutes
Route Type
Loop
Trail Activities
Accessible trails
Birding
Fishing
Hiking
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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D-11 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
View Trail

C-7 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Columbia Boardwalk

Trail Length (mi)
0.17
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D-12 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.01
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Clayton Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
5.80
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
3 hours
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Paddling Boardwalk

Trail Length (mi)
0.01
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D-15 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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East Canal Field Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
0.40
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
View Trail

D-16 Northside Fire Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.

This trail terminates at the refuge boundary. Please be respectful of adjacent private land.
Trail Length (mi)
1.00
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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Furbee Road Trail

This trail is a natural surface, unimproved road. Most roads are mowed on three-year cycles; tall grass and vegetation may be dense along the path. Be careful of ticks and snakes on grassy roads.

Pets must be on leash. For hunting information, please see the Pocosin Lakes Hunt Brochure.
Trail Length (mi)
1.49
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
45 minutes
Route Type
Point to point
Trail Activities
Biking
Birding
Dog walking
Hiking
Hunting
Photography
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Dog friendly
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