Camden County Jeep Trail, Dead Things and the Mystery Mail Truck

March 10, 2009 at 5:00 am 9 comments

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.

Camden County Jeep Trail - Farmland From Trail
Farmland at the Beginning

Camden County Jeep Trail - Grass in Moat
Grass Growing in a Ditch

Camden County Jeep Trail - View From Trail
Trees and Canal Next to Road

Camden County Jeep Trail - Reflections From Trail
Reflection in Canal

Camden County Jeep Trail - Jimmie on Private Beach
Jimmie at Pasquotank River

Camden County Jeep Trail - Crab Basket and Shadow
Abandoned Crab Basket on 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.

Camden County Jeep Trail - Spanish Moss and Evergreens
Spanish Moss and Evergreens

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!

Camden County Jeep Trail - Car Fossil - Front of Mail Truck
Mystery Mail Truck in the Woods

Camden County Jeep Trail - Car Fossil - Driver's Door

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.

Camden County Jeep Trail - Car Fossil - Sunken Tire
Sunken Tires

Camden County Jeep Trail - Car Fossil - Vegetation and Grill
Nature Taking Over!

All in all, a good outing. Well worth the dead animal at the beginning.

Most hikes are.

More pictures of the Camden County Jeep Trail can be found on my Flickr site.

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)

Entry filed under: Camden County Jeep Trail, Car Fossil, Elizabeth City, Hiking, North Carolina.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wuzzlemakes3  |  March 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    What a beautiful trail!! Makes me really wish it was a beautiful day so I could grab my camera and go exploring!

    I love the mail truck shots; they have so much character too them.

  • 2. geekhiker  |  March 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That first picture, is that a fire burning in the background there?

    Love the old truck shots. Reminds me of the burned out jeeps out at the M*A*S*H site.

  • 3. tgaw  |  March 11, 2009 at 8:52 am

    @wuzzlemakes3 – Thanks– I hope you get to go out exploring soon as well!

    @geekhiker – Yeah, I believe that is a fire. I don’t remember smelling anything though.

  • 4. Kitty  |  March 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow! I’m so glad I found your blog… or rather, you found mine and linked to yours. I LOVE the species information and your photo documentation of hikes! I used to be a wetland scientist (before I became a 3rd grade teacher), and I LOVE plant ID. My Latin is becoming a LITTLE rusty, but not too bad. I will definitely have to start documenting some of my better hikes on my blog in a similar fashion–what a great idea! 🙂

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  • 7. TanyaK  |  July 3, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before

    having it”, for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

  • 8. Jahanavi  |  July 7, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Man, I followed that the dark truth link, and was completely in the story. Damn exciting. The latest post talks about a friend of him who’s gone missing . Somewhere on his way to Leh, India. And the guy is asking for help find it. Soundss like an online game . This looks interesting. M already hooked on.

    Hey, btw, nice post you have there – keep rocking – 😉

  • 9. Road Skare  |  July 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    It looks like a 1947ish International(Harvester) KB3 delivery…used as mail and milk trucks in the day.

    Great picks of the old girl though!!


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