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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

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Address: 701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848
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+1 252-441-2525
09:00 - 17:00
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Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime...

Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.

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A real treasure

A maritime forest that's just a pleasure to hike through. Trails are well marked and maintained nicely

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Southern Shores, North Carolina
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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A maritime forest that's just a pleasure to hike through. Trails are well marked and maintained nicely

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Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a getaway hike in the woods then this is a good one. Nothing else here but good for a walk in the woods.

Thank Robby F
Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We had an hour to kill between lunch and a film, so we took a hike here in Dec 2016. It has a nicely wooded trail, with lots of nice picture areas. We walked all the way to the sound, and I loved it. We first discovered this place over thanksgiving break but abandoned the walk because there were too... More 

1 Thank fsu23phd
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Find the trail to the sound and you'll have an awesome sunset. Great horned owls and screech owl right at nightfall.

1 Thank bebeoctober
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We love taking hikes through Nags Head Woods. Always see something new each time. This last time, we had a large black snake cross our path, and saw some beautiful ground cover with small red berries.

1 Thank Ebfreebie
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Nice nature area. Good walking trails to oberve wildlife and plants. Very swampy so stick to the paths. Not much of a bug problem at the time we went.

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here on September 28 2016. We were unable to stay long because the paths are not accessible for strollers.(We have an 18 month old). We did walk path 1, a smaller loop and carried our stroller and daughter. We saw a bunch of lizards, a turtle and some frogs and had only walked for maybe 15 minutes. My... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Quiet. Would be peaceful unless you happen to be dragging a crabby eleven year old girl with you. 😅 Several trails. Some pet friendly, which is one reason we explored. Not well marked but there are trail guides (maps) offered and it's not too difficult to figure out. One trail goes by an old graveyard for a Tillett/Tillitt family (spelling... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Well kept nature center with multiple trails to explore. I didn't care for the black snake we saw but I can't complain because we were invading his environment!

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Sandy Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Our stay in Nags Head was during a heat wave. Looking for options we went to the Forest. This is a Nature Conservancy site, and it is pristine. Right near the bay, but completely wooded. The trail we hiked took us past many swamp pools, mostly algae covered. It was quite beautiful. Benches were provided along the 4 mile trail,... More 

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