Corolla (pronounced ca-ra-la) is the northernmost town in the Outer Banks, and offers a good network of multi-use paths for running. Our favorite run in this area is a ‘Corolla Tour’. Start at Highway 12 & Austin St., near historic Corolla Park. There’s a waterside path along Currituck Sound on the west side that runs for 0.6 miles south. Do an out and back, and then head north on Highway 12 briefly. Here, you’ll do a loop of the historic part of Corolla, LEFT on Club Rd. out to Corolla Park and the Whalehead Cub, a restored 1920s mansion. The do a quick jaunt up to the outdoor center and lighthouse, using Village Lane – a lovely green area with paths. To make this a nearly 5-mile run, head north from there on the multi-use path alongside Highway 12, for 0.8 miles until Lakeside Dr., at the southern edge of Currituck Reserve. Then head back to the starting point.
Add-On: There is also a multi-use path alongside Highway 12 south of Corolla Park, for nearly 3 miles. Ocean views in parts, and a good off-road running option.