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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Address: 701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848
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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Great Alternative to the hot sun

Our stay in Nags Head was during a heat wave. Looking for options we went to the Forest. This is a Nature Conservancy site, and it is pristine. Right near the bay, but completely... read more

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Sandy Springs, Georgia

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Sandy Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our stay in Nags Head was during a heat wave. Looking for options we went to the Forest. This is a Nature Conservancy site, and it is pristine. Right near the bay, but completely wooded. The trail we hiked took us past many swamp pools, mostly algae covered. It was quite beautiful. Benches were provided along the 4 mile trail,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The heat index was 117 degrees so my husband and I thought it would be a nice cooler place to see nature. We saw some Dragon flies and butter flies but were chased out of the ADA trail due to biting insects. Please spray yourself down with some back woods bug spray in the parking lot before adventuring into this... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the woods, parked at the nature center and walked trails 4 and 5 out to the sound. It was an easy hike with 9 and 6 year old. Lots to see. The woods are beautiful and peaceful, many butterflies and dragonflies.

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Richmond VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the preserve during a very hot week at the beach. My wife and I were looking for a respite from the beach and for a place to stretch our legs. This preserve is very beautiful and raw with lots of birds and trees. We were there in our flip flops and shorts. We tried one of the family... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Few people who come to the Outer Banks see much more than the beach. But for true picture of the diversity of the land take a drive back to Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. For those who can walk there are hiking trails through hilly wooded areas and beautiful marsh lands. Since my walking is limited we always enjoy to... More 

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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place to visit to learn about ecological issues. Nice trails to walk and explore nature.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Long trails, short trails, all well maintained. Even a handicap trail. Beauty at every turn, great photo opts. You forget that you're at the beach,

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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

If you like hiking, mountain biking, or nature in general, this is a very cool spot to check out, and only minutes from town and the beach.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

There is not a lot of parking, but we easily found a spot because it is not overrun with tourists who stay on 158. It is free. Woman who works here came out of the offices to help us when she saw us looking at the posted map. There are a few natural paths to explore including one going to... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We stay just down the road when we're at the beach. This is our go-to spot to run - hike and mt bike. The trails are great and some sweet views of the sound too. Flies can be bad at times but you'll live. The gravel road is a perfect out and back to bike or run. Another hobby we... More 

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