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“Beautiful, natural setting”

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.
Grandy, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful, natural setting”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle and back to nature, Discover all the hidden creatures and plants and more..enjoy the break!

Visited May 2011
Thank Janice F
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great walk with dog”
Reviewed 5 April 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed the hike through Nags Head Woods on the Roanoke Trail. Two of the trails are Dog friendly, including the one we did. The entrance is off the beaten path and just a short walk from the parking lot. It starts out going through the woods and ends at the sound. Very pleasant. We went in early April and bugs were not a problem. The path included a low bridge over marshy area connected to the sound which was very scenic. Other trails looked appealing but were closed to dogs so we did not try them this time.

1 Thank Carrie R
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
421 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 794 helpful votes
“Great Alternative to the Beach”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

This 1,100-acre preserve in Dare County is owned by the Nature Conservancy in conjunction with the towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and protects one of the few remaining maritime forests along the Outer Banks from development. Two large sand dunes, Jockey's Ridge to the south and Run Hill to the north protect the forest from the ocean saltwater and the protected freshwater allows diverse flora and fauna to thrive. The best way to experience this unique ecosystem is along the preserve's five or so miles of hiking trails. The Blueberry Ridge trail, which includes the Center and Sweetgum Swamp Trail is great choice for viewing ponds, swamps, and dunes within the preserve. The preserve is a great alternative to crowded beaches when vacationing in the Outer Banks. However, during the summer especially, be sure to wear plenty of bug spray.

Visited February 2012
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Powhatan, VA
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Unique piece of habitat”
Reviewed 7 February 2012

A Nature Conservancy nature preserve that preserves some of the increasingly rare maritime forest. Lots of hiking trails and a real change of pace from the commercial development in the area

Visited February 2012
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Hagerstown, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Easy walking trails”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

We decided to visit Nags Head Woods during our January visit and enjoyed the change of scenery and easy walking trails. The visitors' center was closed, so we weren't able to speak with any staff, but brochures were available with descriptions of various trails. To hike to the sound you need to leave your car parked in the small parking lot at the visitors' center, walk down the road a few hundred feet and enter the path at the marker. The walk is easy--not great scenery in the woods in winter, but bird watchers would probably enjoy it if they were there in the morning or at dusk. The sound view when we arrived at the end of the trail was interesting, but not as beautiful as I had hoped. There are several different trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. I wouldn't recommend it in summer--it would be too muggy and buggy unless you went very early in the a.m.

Visited January 2012
Thank ImmaBeGoin
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