Pocosin Wilderness

Pocosin Wilderness was designated in 1984, and it covers 11,801 acres (48 km2) in the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina. The Wilderness Area is a vast wetland, and it lacks trails and campsites. Travel through this wilderness is difficult.

Pocosin Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Pocosin Wilderness
Map showing the location of Pocosin Wilderness
Map of the United States
LocationCarteret and Craven Counties, North Carolina, USA
Nearest cityHavelock, North Carolina
Coordinates34°47′18″N 077°01′01″W / 34.78833°N 77.01694°WCoordinates: 34°47′18″N 077°01′01″W / 34.78833°N 77.01694°W[1]
Area11,801 acres (48 km2)
DesignatedWilderness Area
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pocosin Wilderness

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Croatan National Forest

The Croatan National Forest () is a U.S. National Forest, was established on July 29, 1936, and is located on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina. It is administered by the United States Forest Service, a part of the United States Department of Agriculture. The forest is managed together with the other three North Carolina National Forests (Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie) from common headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. However, Croatan has a local ranger district office in New Bern.


Pocosin is a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils. Groundwater saturates the soil except during brief seasonal dry spells and during prolonged droughts. Pocosin soils are nutrient-deficient (oligotrophic), especially in phosphorus.Pocosins occur in the southern portions of the Atlantic coastal plain of North America, spanning from southeastern Virginia, through North Carolina, and into South Carolina. However, the majority of pocosins are found in North Carolina. The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984 to help preserve pocosin wetlands.


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