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“Great family option for exploring nature and getting some exercise”

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.
Stratham, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great family option for exploring nature and getting some exercise”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Loved the one-mile long nature walk that leads to a tiny sandy beach on the Sound. Perfect for a cool cloudy day or for those interested in taking a break from the beach. My kids loved running the trails through the woods and walked into the knee-deep water at the trail end. A hidden gem on the Outer Banks.

Visited August 2013
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Bethesda
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must see for anyone who enjoys nature”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was a wonderful gem in the woods. We literally stumbled on it. The entrance is across from the McDonalds, you go into a residential area, you THINK you are not going the right way, but you are..just keep going down the road, Aaron, the naturalist who has been there 14 years, said the entrance is 1.6 miles from Rte 158. It was raining when we arrived, so we spoke to Aaron, who told us he had been tagging loggerhead turtles in the morning at Pea Island. He was SO knowledgeable. We had a wonderful chat with Aaron about Aligalator River National WildLife refuge that is just West past Manteo Island off Rte 64. He said you can see a few aligators, brown bears, lots of wild life. He said you generally drive through this refuge as compared to walking.

The rain stopped, so we took the short center loop trail (1/4 mile) and saw lots of frogs, salamanders, birds, butterfilies, heard the birds, it was peaceful. The kids enjoyed it so much they asked to go back again!
You can walk to the sound from here as well. If you are looking for a break from the beach / sun, this is great place to visit. They are part of the Nature Conservancy.

Visited August 2013
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Glenn Dale, MD
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A cool respite after the heat of the bach”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Looking for a cool relaxing walk with a loved one, a couple older children or just slo, this venue is an excellent change of pace form the beach, mimi-golf course and tourist dive. Pus, it's free. Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“sweet hike with no otherhuman contact”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The weather forecast wasn't great but we went anyway. The only people we saw the entire time were the employees at the visitor's center. We had a 4 mile hike through super interesting "maritime forests": densely wooded areas containing numerous small ponds. We saw lots of beutiful butterflies, some newts, and a prety large snake. It was sweet.

Visited July 2013
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hiking Trails”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great hiking trails, and they even have and ADA approved trail. This was very nice as my husband has had two knee replacements and this trail is side walked and board walked. Wonderful scenery and wildlife. Wonderful views of the sound. Great place to take the kids.

Visited April 2013
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