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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Address: 701 W. Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone Number: 252-441-2525
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Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime...

Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.

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What an unexpected delight!

I've been to Kill Devil Hills many times. It's busy on the beach. Cars rushing down the main highway. Then there is this secluded nature preserve, old growth forest, native vines... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jon F

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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Kill Devil Hills many times. It's busy on the beach. Cars rushing down the main highway. Then there is this secluded nature preserve, old growth forest, native vines and flowers, marshes, quiet trails along the water. A real gem of a place. A must see if you are in the area. They have hikes that wheelchair accessible... More 

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Thank Jon F
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I frequent Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. Many people use the trails for running, and lots of people walk their dogs there. (They must be leashed FYI) There is a rangers office, if you have any questions they are there to help you. It's a good place to stop in just so you are aware of all of the rules.... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Beside that we scheduled a trip during a rainy storm, this walk was very pleasant. Trail 4 had a nice floating dock that made you feel like you were in the middle of the water. I found it very peaceful.

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Thank step0nme
Annapolis, Maryland
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Went here the first time to find a different pace, get a break from the sand. Wonderful place that we know routinely include in our plans. Great hiking trails, lots of wildlife. Give it a shot- you will not be disappointed

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Thank Kraig M
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Appreciation for life and our creator Jehovah Revelation 4:11. Appreciation for nature and it's natural resources and life itself.

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Thank Beverly J
Southern Shores, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We have done much of the AT in NC & many mountain trails - at 62 & 70 this was a great walk - Did the full walk about 5-6 miles - Love the change of scenery - one area of up/down sand if you have bad knees it could be a bit difficult but we enjoyed it all

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McMinnville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We recently visited Kill Devil Hills and decided to go to the Nags Head Woods Preserve one morning. We took the Sweetgum hike-a little over two miles. The brochure said this is a moderate hike, but we thought parts of it were more strenuous. Part of the path was loose sand and walking(climbing) up hill. We enjoyed the walk in... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We took our dog for hikes in the Nags Head Woods preserve a few times while visiting the Outer Banks. The dirt paths are covered with pine needles in many places. No bikes or horse back riding. We all loved the walk. We walked out to the sound for a great view. Depending on the time of year, bug repellent... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We saw the reviews and needed something to do, it was later in the day and was warmer than expected. We did the 3.75 loop from the visitor center and it was rewarding. The swamps are neat to see although it was very buggy and I did get bit up but kept through. There was an area you follow some... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A fiend recommended that we visit Nags Head Woods Preserve when we were at the Outer Banks. It is run by the Nature Conservationcy and a true gem!! We entered Nags Head Woods into our GPS and headed out for a morning/afternoon of hiking. We were staying in Manteo and it is located off the main highway (158) just north... More 

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