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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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Trails and the outdoor experience, minutes away from the beach!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Scott Depot, West Virginia

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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love this place. The walks are easy and well marked. We headed down to Roanoke Sound and sat there for 30 minutes enjoying the breeze and the waves lapping on the sand. This reserve is so peaceful and lovely; a great place to break away from the beach crowds.

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Greer, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of bugs, and very, very narrow paths. Ticks. Very swampy. We walked two of the small trails, and then got out of there. It was not a pleasant walk, definitely don't recommend in summer.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Our family arrived here this morning and enjoyed hiking along several of the trails! My boys had fun looking for different animals, and spotted a few snakes, turtles, birds, and squirrels. The views, especially on trail 6, were incredible! We loved standing over the naturally made rain water lake and listening to the animals "talking". Not only did we enjoy... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

If you need a quiet respite from the madness of the shore, take a nature walk through the woods. We enjoyed seeing birds and snakes. We were pleasantly surprised to find this sanctuary less than a mile from the sprawl on U.S. 158. Definitely take bug spray in summer.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Stopped here mid morning and the parking lot was full. After finding a different place to park I walked the trails and saw only three other people. Saw lots of frogs in the ponds and heard many birds. It's a great place to enjoy a shady walk in the woods. Very different than the others things people do on the... More 

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Willow Street
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Pick up a map at the nature center. The ADA trail is paved and level. A boardwalk offers up close looks at the vegetation and a fresh water pond. A number of turtles displayed themselves; heard, but saw, very few birds. An observation deck provides a good view across the marsh to the bay. There is limited parking at the... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Kind of unsure where to go, but kept on driving through the neighborhood right to the Preserve. We hiked along 2 of the trails and covered about 2.5 miles. Beautiful area. It was nice to walk in the forest as it was really windy and this area made us forget the wind. Well worth a visit!! It is for all... More 

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