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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848
+1 252-441-2525
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Hidden Gem

Found this little gem by accident. What a lovely undisturbed area in Nags Head. Only had time to... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Roanoke, VA
Walk in the Woods

Great walking paths, with views of the sound, and small coastal ponds and marsh. Bug spray is a... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Maggie B
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Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848
+1 252-441-2525
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Found this little gem by accident. What a lovely undisturbed area in Nags Head. Only had time to explore a little, but will definitely to more on our next trip.

Thank GreenEyedLady518
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Great walking paths, with views of the sound, and small coastal ponds and marsh. Bug spray is a must!

Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We did 3 of the trails. Never saw any wildlife, but trails are easy to follow and well kept. Roanoke trail takes you to a great spot right on the sound that's lovely.

1  Thank gjslhs
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is a very pleasant place to walk around and discover some hidden areas in OBX. Pleasant walking/scenery. Bugs though! Bring your bug spray. Saw a couple of interesting birds. I do recommend this.

1  Thank travelchick2
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Part of the Nature Conservancy it's a delightful preserve of trails, marshes, ponds and woods. Uncrowded, and it seems relatively unknown, it is reached from the Croatan hyway rte. 158 just off Ocean drive north of Jockey Ridge. Filled with butterflies and dragonflies, identified trees,...More

1  Thank reelwise
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

There are several paths easy to walk. Some in the native forests and some go to the sound, even an ADA path which is pretty cool if you just want a quick walk around. Peaceful and a world away from the hectic beach world but...More

Thank Ann R
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Enjoyed our stay here. This place was less crowded when we visited because it was winter. The place is really nice and quiet and you have a lot to see and roam about.

Thank vinzMumbai
Reviewed 11 August 2017

If you have to kill some time to wait to get your vacation rental go here. They have different walking trails in the shade. Some of the trails allow dogs. It was very beautiful. Ended up walking a trail w/ dog and family to a...More

1  Thank RobertJul
Reviewed 31 July 2017

I found this park from Hiking North Carolina by Randy Johnson, and I decided to try going for a run here. Fantastic idea! It's not easy terrain, per se, but it's navigable, fun, and very doable. I highly recommend this park for runners. I was...More

2  Thank Ben L
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

It's hard to believe this exists near such built up areas of OBX! It makes for a very welcome change to the more crowded and commercial beach areas. This preserve is a very interesting environment, combining woods, dunes, and marshes/ponds. There are a number of...More

Thank Joseph C
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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.