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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Hidden treasyre!

Go in the morning when it is cooler and bring bug spray. Walk around, explore-its worth it for the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michele C
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Had no idea this place was here... great find!

Have been coming to the Outer Banks for many years. Must have passed within half a mile of the... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
North Carolina
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Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.
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701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go in the morning when it is cooler and bring bug spray. Walk around, explore-its worth it for the scenery!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michele C
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Have been coming to the Outer Banks for many years. Must have passed within half a mile of the entrance to this "Gem" a hundred times or more. Once inside the Preserve you would swear that you were in a forest in the Piedmont or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank thetackleboxnc
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

The Nature Conservancy does some really good stuff throughout the world. This Preserve is one spot. In the midst of strip malls, beach shops, sand dunes, and beaches, is this quiet preserved woodland. There are raised paths throughout that take you on a wander. Info...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Luigi T
Reviewed August 27, 2018

A chance to see the Outer Banks as they were. Wooded forest trails around marshes and ponds that lead to the Sound. Mosquito repellent is a must in season!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank 475johnag
Reviewed August 19, 2018

We live in the Outer Banks and have visited the preserve several times. This is a special place to view the local wildlife and plants. It is peaceful and beautifully maintained. Great for families or couples. We liked it best after a heavy rainfall. There...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank nightowljeff1
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Kids were tired, so took the easy ADA trail. It was worthwhile still, got to see some nice trees, marshland and rain filled pond.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Sukanta M
Reviewed June 19, 2018

What a beautiful trip. Hiked most of the trails. Ended near the water for a quick tip toe in the edge. Beautifully kept.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sherise J
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Great place to see the local ecosystems and stretch your legs. There are nice trails and some are dog friendly.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kevin E
Reviewed June 10, 2018

A young lady at a rental office mentioned this preserve to come hike with my family. Although the bugs were not pleasant, my family enjoyed all the stunning wildlife and waterways. This hike can be long, but well worth it.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank ryyyany1990
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Hiking in a beautiful maritime forest with well-maintained trails is a perfect alternative to a beach walk. The visitors center has clean restrooms and trail guides. The terrain is hilly and there is poison ivy so take precautions.

Date of experience: June 2018
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December 5, 2017|
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Response from Joseph C | Reviewed this property |
Not really, no - mostly the park contains unimproved trails. Though there is a short boardwalk just off the car park.
March 5, 2017|
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Response from fsu23phd | Reviewed this property |
Good question, I don't have a dog, but I'm pretty sure I saw a hiker with an unleashed dog. He could have been breaking the rules. :) There were several signs before you get on the trail, I bet one of those had the answer... More
January 28, 2017|
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Response from Ebfreebie | Reviewed this property |
It will be hot & humid. A definite uses to bug spray.