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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Had no idea this place was here... great find!

Have been coming to the Outer Banks for many years. Must have passed within half a mile of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
North Carolina
Hidden Gem

The Nature Conservancy does some really good stuff throughout the world. This Preserve is one... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Luigi T
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 September 2011

If you are looking for something besides the beaches and lighthouses in the Outer Banks, then Nags Head Woods is for you. There are wasy to moderate hikes. One leads to a beach area (there is a creepy dead tree at the end of the...More

9  Thank globaltrekster
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

We were very disappointed. It looked like it would be a great place for a picnic lunch but the few tables were nasty. The brochure dispenser at the start was full of moldy falling apart brochures. There is a long drive to it - you...More

3  Thank leeannh0813
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

Thank Luigi T
Reviewed 28 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!

1  Thank John A G
Reviewed 20 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

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.

2  Thank Atraveller0511
Reviewed 20 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.

Thank Sherise J
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great place to see the local ecosystems and stretch your legs. There are nice trails and some are dog friendly.

Thank Kevin E
Reviewed 10 June 2018

A young lady at a rental office mentioned this preserve to come hike with my family. Although the bugs were not pleasant, my family enjoyed all the stunning wildlife and waterways. This hike can be long, but well worth it.

2  Thank ryyyany1990
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Hiking in a beautiful maritime forest with well-maintained trails is a perfect alternative to a beach walk. The visitors center has clean restrooms and trail guides. The terrain is hilly and there is poison ivy so take precautions.

2  Thank equinoxWashDc
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Several trails through looping through the preserve, of various length (pick up the map at the Nature Conservancy Center), one is wheelchair accessible. Short boardwalk, some small bridges. Uneven terrain for most part, hiking boots are a plus. Mostly shaded, gets quite hot and humid...More

1  Thank gordonsmc
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6 December 2017|
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Response from Joseph C | Reviewed this property |
Not really, no - mostly the park contains unimproved trails. Though there is a short boardwalk just off the car park.
6 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
29 January 2017|
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Response from Ebfreebie | Reviewed this property |
It will be hot & humid. A definite uses to bug spray.