I live in NC but have never been to Croatan. I'll be looking for a chance to go there now, probably in cooler, bug free weather. And I'll be sharing this article w/ friends too!
Glad to see another hammocker as well! If you are not aware, there is a growing hammocking web site, hammockforums.net, that is made up mostly of backpackers, most of which are interested in lightweight packs.
A number of them are members of Backpackinglight.com., and several live close enough to Croatan that it may very well be a doable trip for them as well. Thanks. ...Tim