John Lawson Trail

The John Lawson TRACK Trail is a .25 mile hike through beautiful Carolina wetland forest.

Named after explorer and naturalist, John Lawson, this environment attracts wildlife of all kinds. On your hike you may see wood ducks, white-tailed deer, and dragronflies. Before the land became a public trail, the cypress forest was logged. As you walk along the boardwalks, notice the dark stumps scattered through the wetlands and the new growth springing up. This is a location you will want to revisit many times over the years to find how the forest transitions and regrows.

Track an adventure here
John Lawson TRACK Trail sticker

Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables, Birding
Amenities:
ADA Compliant:
Seasonality:
Wetlands
Deer track in sand
Mushroom
Train trestle
Boardwalk
Wetlands
Large tree snag
Dragonfly

Adventures for John Lawson Trail

Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Cape Fear River: Hide and Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.25
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Birds of Lakes and River brochure
Hiking

Birds of Lakes and Rivers

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.25
Whether perching along the banks, wading in the shallows, flying overhead, or diving in open water, many types of birds specialize in a life on or near the water. Use this brochure to learn how to identify various waterbirds with clues such as location, size, shape, behavior, and field marks.
Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.25
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Hiking

A Quest for Dragons

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.25
There are over 300 species of dragonflies in the United States. They can be found soaring and swooping over ponds, rivers, and swamps across the country. Use this brochure as a guide on your quest to discover the incredible world of dragonflies.

Directions

152 Water St
Grifton, NC 28530
Latitude: 35.370461900000
Longitude: -77.439033400000

Partners

This TRACK Trail was made possible through a collaboration with Pitt Partners for Health, a program of Vidant Health.

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