The Maple Leaf Trail is a .7 mile, easy trail, accessible from the Sand Ridge and from the beach just south of the False Cape Landing Trail. It runs very close to the False Cape Landing Trail, but is somewhat narrower and more scenic. The trail crosses over the dunes and leads to an observation point where views of this pristine and secluded seashore are the reward. The name of the trail commemorated the Civil War “Maple Leaf Incident” where the USS Maple Leaf was overtaken by Confederate soldiers who escaped through the marshes of Back Bay to rejoin their regiment in North Carolina.
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