This route covers Segment 14B of North Carolina’s 1150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. It allows visitors to explore an area rich in history—from the Revolutionary War to the New Deal and beyond—on this mile route through Bladen and Pender counties.
- Singletary Lake State Park, which began its life as a park in 1936 when the National Park Service bought land for a federally financed work program and recreational demonstration project.
- The Elwell Ferry, one of three remaining river ferries in North Carolina
- The Kelly Historical Museum, which shares the history of a community built when the Cape Fear River was the main transportation corridor in this area
- Canetuck’s Community Center, which is housed in a two-room school built in 1921-22 with help from the Rosenwald Fund which funded schools for African Americans throughout the southeast US
- Moores Creek National Battlefield, the site of the first patriot victory in the American Revolution
- Burgaw, the Pender County seat, whose many historic buildings include the oldest train depot in North Carolina
- Van Eden Road, where Jewish refugees resettled to escape Nazi Germany before the US entered World War II
- The town of Watha, where the movie “The Secret Life of Bees” was filmed.
- The white clapboard church and other buildings at Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp, which was originally built as a school in 1902
- Vast acres of game land along Croomsbridge Road, NC 53 and Shaw Highway leading to Holly Shelter Game Land. Look for Holly Shelter on the 1770s map displayed in the visitor center at Moores Creek National Battlefield.
Features: River/Creek — Views
Segments 11-16 of the MST offer three options while construction of the MST is underway along the Neuse River between Smithfield and the Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest: The “A” route, a paddling route on the Neuse River; the “B” pedestrian route, known as the Coastal Crescent; and the “C” route, the historic foot traffic/biking route. This guide follows the Coastal Crescent route; for more information about the other routes, visit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s trail guide page
The Osgood Canal Greenway and Urban Trail in Burgaw has mileposts every quarter mile. There are no other blazes in this segment.
For more information about this segment, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, resupply information, and trail angels, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide
from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
In addition to the main route depicted on the map here, the trail guide describes an optional 14-mile loop to Penderlea, which takes you to the first of 152 homestead farms built during the Great Depression to give destitute Americans an opportunity to build a new life.