Camden County Jeep Trail, Dead Things and the Mystery Mail Truck
In January, Ryan Somma and I took the dogs on a stroll down the Camden County Jeep Trail. At least, it’s what we think is the Camden County Jeep Trail. It wasn’t labeled.
When we got out of the car, we were promptly greeted by the corpse of a gutted boar. But, I have long learned not to judge a hike by the dead things at the trailhead. Off the top of my head, I can recall five great hikes that started with a dead animal (deer skeleton – Kelly’s Knob/Rocky Gap, dead deer – Audie Murphy, dead deer – Falls Ridge, dead turkey – Falls Ridge, dead bear – Wind Rocks)
Like those other hikes, this one proved to be prettier (and less smelly) as you moved away from your car.
The Jeep Trail starts by passing through farm land. Soon a forest and a small ditch/canal run parallel to the trail. Eventually the dirt road ends and there is a small footpath leading into thicker forest. This trail is not blazed, but well beaten and far from ambiguous. It was very easy to follow and takes you all the way to the sandy banks of Pasquotank River.
Flora and Fauna
As far as flora and fauna– what you see at the Camden County Jeep Trail is typical of the area — baldcypress trees, evergreens, spanish moss, mistletoe and various birds.
What was unique about this trail, however, was another surprise car fossil in the forest. The well-beaten path to the Pasquotank River takes you directly by an old abandoned mail truck. Anyone missing Mail Truck #490380? I can hook you up!
The truck was pretty old looking. Its steering wheel was on the left hand side of the vehicle and not the right side like contemporary mail trucks. Apparently, it had been in the forest for some time. The wheels were sunk low into the ground and nature was already taking over where the engine once ran.
All in all, a good outing. Well worth the dead animal at the beginning.
Most hikes are.
|Camden County Jeep Trail
Length: ~2 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain: None
Coordinates: 36.21139, -76.02111
Directions from Elizabeth City, NC
1) From Water Street, turn on Camden Causeway (NC-34)
2) Turn right at NC-343
3) After nearly 12 miles, 343 will turn into Texas Road (NC-1100)
4) After roughly 2.2 miles, unmarked Jeep Trail will be on your right (after the house with the red roof)