Nature Preserve


Nature PreserveNags Head Woods is a 1400 acre maritime forest located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The maritime forest is home to several species of plants, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Over 50 species of bird breed which includes yellow prothonotory warbler and the blue and red parula warbler. Many reptiles and amphibians can be found also due to the excellent habitat conditions. Careful exploration of the woods will reveal several types of snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders and turtles. Finall6y, over 300 plant species have been identified including the rare wooly beach heather. There are several hiking trails throughout the preserve. • Center Trail – short loop for casual walkers and children • Sweetgum Swamp Trail – most popular trail that is for the most adventurous hiker • Blueberry Ridge Trail – beautiful loop around a pond • Discovery Trail – great family trail • Roanoke Trail – popular trail that ends at a quiet beach on the sound • ADA Trail - .5 mile loop comprised of boardwalk and concrete for those with disabilities • Nags Head Town Trail – climbs several dune ridges to the beach on the sound Be sure to stop by and pick up a trail map and a brochure on the animal of the preserve so you know what to look for during your hike.

Nags Head Woods