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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Closes in 6 min: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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great running trails

nice gravel and packed sand trail that go to sound as well as interior trails that are fun but I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grandy, North Carolina
Hidden OBX Treasure

I've been traveling to the Outer Banks since the early 70's and had never been to the Preserve... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
Randall F
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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
+1 252-441-2525
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice gravel and packed sand trail that go to sound as well as interior trails that are fun but I got lost !

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mattiet027
Reviewed 12 February 2019

I've been traveling to the Outer Banks since the early 70's and had never been to the Preserve before. A great place to take the family for a beach break although it is open year round and is free to visit. Lots of trails to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Randall F
Reviewed 20 December 2018

Wonderful! Woods at the beach. Feel like something different while at the beach? Take a hike in the woods! You will be amazed at the wild life from snakes to turtles to frogs and deer and more. Beautiful trees and flowers too. A great date...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gusthesaint
Reviewed 26 November 2018

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 30 October 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 11 October 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 27 August 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 19 August 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 29 July 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 19 June 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
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5 December 2017|
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Response from chapmanj87 | Reviewed this property |
Not really, no - mostly the park contains unimproved trails. Though there is a short boardwalk just off the car park.
5 March 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
28 January 2017|
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Response from Ebfreebie | Reviewed this property |
It will be hot & humid. A definite uses to bug spray.