PhD student Sarah Loftus checked out the longleaf pine forest at Patsy Pond nature trails, which are only a 30-minute drive from Duke Marine Lab.
The Emerald Isle Woods Park offers a refuge of forested trails with a view of Bogue Sound. A 40-minute drive from the Marine Lab, this park is hidden in the suburbs of Emerald Isle near the end of the barrier island.
I keep my eyes glued to the right side of Highway 101 as I drive away from Beaufort. Route 3-0- something, 3-0-something, 3-0-something, my mind mutters as I look for the black and white road sign that will indicate my turn to the Croatan National Forest’s Neusiok Trail.
The flat, hard pavement of Beaufort, although accompanied by beautiful sunsets, has taken its toll on my legs since I moved to the coast. The new Fort Macon trail provides a scenic reprieve.
What inspired your environmental passion, and how do you provide those experiences to others? For younger ones, the great outdoors is an important start.