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Review of Currituck Banks

Ranked #10 of 38 things to do in Corolla
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A small parking lot is provided for users of the maritime forest hiking trail. The trailhead is located by the informational sign west of the parking lot. Please close the gate behind you. It is there to keep wild horses from entering into Corolla. There is a 1/3 mile accessible boardwalk as well as a 1.5 mile (roundtrip) primitive hiking trail. Horses and other wildlife can be observed while hiking the boardwalk and trail. There is a 2 hour time limit for the parking lot. Anyone wishing to leave a vehicle temporarily so they can tour the 4 wheel drive area or walk to the beach must use the county beach access parking lots less than 1 mile south on Highway 12. Free public parking is located at the Heritage Park area and County parking lot near the lighthouse.
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

These was a gorgeous walk through canopied woods. There is a lovely wooden board walk to the sound. On the way back we hear crunching and two of the Corolla mustangs walk within 2 feet of us. Wow is all I can say.

Thank DonnaLH74
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

what a nice peaceful and scenic view. all 15 members of my extended family enjoyed this easy walk. ( from ages 5 to 83). Will definitely plan to visit again on our next trip to Corolla!

1  Thank Marianne H
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Currituck Banks Reserve is protected area just north of Corolla. It is jointly managed by the state and federal governments as part of the NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Going north through Corolla on NC-12, there is a small parking area right where the road makes a sharp right hand curve about a half mile before the (paved) road ends. From here, there are two short trails through the reserve. The Boardwalk Trail leads from the parking lot to a nice overlook on the Currituck Sound with beautiful views of the sound and marshy wetlands at the water's edge. The natural-surface Maritime Forest Trail leads from the middle of the Boardwalk Trail through a wonderful maritime forest dominated by live oaks. These fabulous trees have evolved to survive the harsh conditions of salt, sandy soil, and frequent hurricanes and their waxy leaves and wildly-twisted branches protect the trees themselves as well as the understory living under the trees. The reserve provides a great option to get away from the crowds and sun of the beach and enjoy the beautiful and rare habitats that exist on this thin stretch of barrier island. In the summer, beware of mosquitoes and other insect pests as well as snakes and be sure to wear plenty of bug spray.

2  Thank jmpncsu
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We traveled both the boardwalk to the sound and the side trail through the woods that ended at the marsh. It was a nice quiet walk with well marked trails and not busy at all. We saw maybe three other people the entire time. Unfortunately did not see any wildlife (besides some squirrels) but that may have just been the time of day (late afternoon).

Thank aeroflash
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Amazing walk through the marine forest. Was perfect as it was mostly shaded by all the trees and a great activity when the family has had enough sun. The mix of plants and animals in marsh/sand mixture was very interesting. We took the trail which is 1.5 miles round trip and it was lovely and a very easy walk, again well shaded under the tree canopy. Lots of birds!

2  Thank Trini_Soca_12
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