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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
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Owner description: Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.
Laurel, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2013

There are several trails with wooded walkways. It was swampy though, but since it was early spring, mosquitoes were not a problem.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“If you like walking in the woods near stagnant ponds go if not stay away”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We just returned from a visit there. It was off the road. Hard to find because we did not take the address. Finally pulled it up with our cell phone. If you enjoy hikes, then go & enjoy. However, be advised there are NO facilities. We were both raised in the country & accustomed to seeing nature....so for us it was pretty commonplace. If you go, don't bother to carry a camera. It got pretty bulky and heavy before the end of our 2.5 mile "hike". Wish I had opted for the short loop @ the head of nature trail.

Visited April 2013
Thank hturnip
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A fun family walk”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We enjoyed the trails very much. It was a lot more hilly than we expected, which was great for us, but not very good for those who are not accustomed to hiking. Interesting scenery as well, different ponds and trees than I'm used to seeing. We also were hearing a lot of nearby gun shots which was quite unnerving, but all was well, there is just a shooting range nearby and it wasn't hunters roaming around in the woods.

Visited April 2013
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Greensboro NC
Level 6 Contributor
363 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 574 helpful votes
“A Must-See While Visiting Nags Head Area”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The great majority of visitors to this area are not aware of this preserve and its walking opportunities of 7-8 miles, encompassing hundreds of acres of essentially unspoiled and varied terrain. Do not miss this opportunity - it is very worthwhile for all ages.

The trailhead is only about five minutes off the main north-south road in Nags Head. We walked the 3.75 double loop, which took in many freshwater ponds, sand, beautiful woodland trails, and a few ups and downs. Not a hard hike, but not all flat either. We enjoyed seeing blue herons and other birds we were not familiar with. We could also hear other animals from time to time, back in the brush. If you prefer, you can choose a 1/2 mile loop, or a 1.5 mile out and back. You really get an appreciation for nature's adaptability and for the way things were in many places when the first Europeans arrived. Doing it in early spring was probably beneficial, since it was not too hot and buggy.

Visited March 2013
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Rochester, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice hike”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

I went on April 1 so no bugs at all. Pleasant hike, uncrowded. The tail meanders through a few distinctly different terrains through this Impressively large preserve.
Its a terrible shame that there is a gun range just a couple of hundred meters from the preserve. Shooting sounds are present every minute of the hike on trail 2 and 3. (blueberry and gum loops) At the point of closest approach the shooting actually startled me and got my heart racing. I imagine that later in the year when there is foliage on the deciduous trees this would be much less of a problem. Nevertheless, we saw plenty of turtles, a blue heron and squirrels.

Visited April 2013
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