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Meet Croatan. As one of only four National Forests in North Carolina (the others are all in the western half of the state), and the only true coastal forest east of the Mississippi, she's got a lot to prove. But Croatan knows how to impress: with white sand beaches, stands of towering pines, wildlife both rare and common, marshes, river-swimming opportunities and a twenty-one-mile trail that bisects the forest to give the hardcore day hiker or dedicated overnighter a sweet taste of all that is coastal North Carolina.


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