This week, we have a few links for you, such as where you can find a trail map, how you can purchase a Mountains to the Sea license tag, the trail work calendar, etc.
We also have included some links for the Neusiok Trail, located in the Croatan National Forest in Cartaret County. Much more specific information can be found at the website for the Mountains to the Sea, and also on their “Friends” page on Facebook, too. NC Culture highly recommends both, if you would like to get more involved. Victor Ellison Fine Arts on Facebook also thoughtfully sent over some of his incredible shots, and we are interspacing them thru the post just to enjoy..our thanks, Victor! Victor also has a website, and you can enjoy more of his nature photography of our beautiful mountains there.
Neusiok Trail in Carteret County
We also found out a little something interesting about the Mountains to the Sea trail..did you know that, according to Wikipedia, the trail follows the Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County? The trail covers a beach in this area, bogs, swamps, you name it! I also found this interesting as many folks don’t know that you can find what is called a pygmy rattlers here in NC..Wikepedia lists Carteret County as an area you may encounter one.
Neusiok is pronounced noose-ee-ock.
We ran into a bit of a problem finding exactly what “Neusiok” meant, and thanks to two page followers, Dave Halbit and Niki Williams Lawson, we are able to share this:
Definition of NEUSIOK
: an Indian people of uncertain linguistic affiliation south of the lower Neuse river in No. Carolina
: a member of the Neusiok people
“Neusiok. An unclassified tribe, perhaps of Iroquoian stock, found in 1584 occupying the country on the south side of lower Neuse river, within the present Craven and Carteret Counties, North Carolina. They were at war with the more southerly coast tribes. In the later colonial period the Indians of the same region were commonly known as Neuse Indians and had dwindled by the year 1700 to 15 warriors in two towns, Chattooka and Rouconk. They probably disappeared by incorporation with the Tuscarora
We were, however, able to determine that “Neuse” means the following:
The nearly 2 million year old Neuse River is a majestic, flowing river that has her beginnings above Durham, NC where the Eno and Flat rivers converge. The Neuse, whose indian name means peace, is a vital part of a large and important estuary, the Albermarle-Pamlico Sounds. This estuary is reported to be our country’s most important fish nursery.
This information was thoughtfully supplied by Kristina Plaas, who also sent us this marvelous link for North Carolina Riverkeepers & Waterkeeper Alliance
The following link is slightly outdated link, however, we are including it, as there are many photos to enjoy on this page, and it gives a very good overview of this section.
**We also have some late information to add to this post: Danny Bernstein, who often contributes to our page, just sent this information in..she is going to be on the banks to help promote her book, “The Mountains to the Sea Trail across North Carolina”..here’s Danny’s info:
I’ll be in the Outer Banks next week to promote my book, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina. I hope to see my OBX friends. The MST is a NC state trail and I’ve been going all over the state.