Outer Banks, NC

Manteo & Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England’s first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590. Located at the tip of Roanoke Island, near the North Carolina Aquarium. Dump the kids and go for a run!

One can put together a pleasant 2-3 run here, paved and trails through a maritime forest. This includes the 1.25 mile Freedom Trail. There are great views from the Fort. Another treat is the Elizabethan Gardens, a historic Botanical Garden.

In downtown Manteo, about 2 miles from Fort Raleigh, there are some pleasant side streets good for running — especially east of Hwy 64, to Sandy Point and the Maritime Museum.

  • See trail map. Overall 2-3 miles
  • Freedom Trail trail head starts from main parking lot