The United States Congress designated the Pond Pine Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 1,693 acres
All of this wilderness is located in North Carolina
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The smallest of North Carolina's designated Wildernesses is just south of Great Lake in the middle of Croatan National Forest. The lake is acidic, the Wilderness a trailless pocosin, and the few who visit are a hardy breed who can cope with the deep muck, alligators, biting insects, poisonous snakes, and tangled masses of vines and shrubs. People come to see the wildlife and plants, but they rarely stay long. In case you fancy yourself to be the exception to that rule, be forewarned that there are no campsites.