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Awesome trail. Wild horses!

Me and a friend walked both trails consisting of the boardwalk and the footpath to the sound. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jay S
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Washington, North Carolina, United States
Cool Maritime Forest walk and Boardwalk to Currituck Sound

Saw this out of the way Forest preserve trailhead parking lot out near the northern end of Highway... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Vermont_stretch
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Milton, Vermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and a friend walked both trails consisting of the boardwalk and the footpath to the sound. The trail was well maintained, easy to follow, and through a great maritime forest. At the end of the trail, we spotted three wild horses--a definite treat!

Thank Jay S
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Saw this out of the way Forest preserve trailhead parking lot out near the northern end of Highway 12 in Corolla. Walked both trails with my son & fiancee and their dog (on a leash !). I was really fascinated with the Forest trees (Oaks and Pines) and how unique this environment looked in this predominately beach environment. Made one really wonder what all the Outer Banks looked like before Man started cutting all the trees down. The path was obviously very flat and trail markers easy to follow. We did see some Wild Horse manure on ground... but no Horses the day we went. Boardwalk is shorter... and leads to a terminal deck area on edge of Sound. Wooden benches built into Boardwalk reward those that make it to the end of the walk. Very different environment vs the "Beach" environment most come to see. Worth the time for sure.

Thank Vermont_stretch
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice little nature trail that leads you over to the sound. Younger kids enjoy spying various native birds and plant life. We did not do the trail through the woods this time because last year it was not marked well.

Thank cmg1234
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Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

We did both trails here on different days. The shorter boardwalk trail is nice & would accomodate wheelchairs, strollers, & any scenario. The longer trail off the boardwalk wasn't difficult or uneven at all, but also it was dry when we walked it. We saw a Carolina Anole, many dragonflies, butterflies, bear scat, wild horse feces, & a White Egret high in it's nest!

2  Thank lisa s
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

The two trails here are a real pleasure: one is a 0.3-mile roundtrip path, completely paved with a boardwalk, and the other is a 1.5-mi roundtrip primitive trail. The latter is very well marked, which helps when going over and through the twisty pathways. This path ends not on a pier or a beach, but in a reedy swamp--if you're going expecting to photograph the sunset over the water, guess again.

The other thing to realize is that at dusk, the bugs come out: mosquitoes, deer flies, and horseflies, among others. And they're *hungry.* So douse yourself in bug spray, come before dusk, or come in the winter. You have been warned. :-)

2  Thank Pat F
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

This is a wonderful, well-kept trail. Great for all ages and abilities. Wide boardwalk style that can easily accommodate a wheel chair or stroller. Flat trail with no hills. However, my 4 y.o. did get a tick. That is common place for this "day and age" and there is a warning at the beginning about the possibility of ticks. I would just remember your stray or essential oil deterrent. Unfortunately, I would chalk this up to the fault of myself, the parent, for not coating her in rose geranium e.o. that I had in the car! No fault of the trail. About a 20-25 minute round trip short hike, depending how long you hang out at the bay.

1  Thank heatherr1976
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Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Yes! My husband and I saw a black bear on the remote path—the one off the boardwalk! I was able to get video of the bear and pull a few stills out of the video, but I am unable to upload any to this sight. It was our first night in Corolla and we wanted to squeeze in a short hike at 6:45 pm in hopes of seeing the Corolla horses. At first I thought it was a horse then I realized it was a bear. Instead of running, we decided to let him know we were there, so we started gently yelling “Hey, Bear....”. And continued our walk. He disappeared soon after he realized we were there. What a surprise for all three of us! Apparently this is the first time in locals’ recent memory that a bear has visited Corolla. One was photographed in Duck a couple of weeks ago. Everyone we told was very excited about our tale and videos!

1  Thank bakercat3
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

The boardwalk trail ends in a beautiful scenic view of the sound, but we thoroughly enjoyed the “off boardwalk” nature trail which weaves in and out of the trees and shrubbery. Very well marked path and pretty flat for the duration. Pets on leash were permitted. Trail head is easy to spot, keep driving past the light house until you come to a sharp curve to the right. Parking lot has signage. No restrooms that we saw.

Thank Ethanenigma
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

Took the boardwalk path over wetland and thru some very dense marshes. It was super cool and some of folks in our party started joking we felt like "Children of the Corn". The end is a platform over the water with a beautiful view. However on the way back to the parking lot we ran into a lady taking a picture of the marsh and turns out there was a large black snake who was just slithering off the boardwalk into the marsh. Interesting.....and a little scary. We didn't think much more about it until the next day we visited Bodie Lighthouse and also walked the boardwalk there over wetlands where they had multiple signs posted about dangerous snakes in the area to be aware of and warning to stay on boardwalk. I don't know if the snakes at Currituck Banks are poisonous but it would have been nice had there been an similar sign posted!

Thank K D
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Reviewed June 4, 2018

If you love the beach and are not into crowds then this is where you want to be. Even better in the shoulder seasons when the weather is perfect and even less people remain.

Thank dpapman
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