Outer Banks, NC

Nags Head Woods Preserve Trails


Run through sand dunes, ponds, marshes and wetlands in this 1,000+ acre preserve that is a National Natural Landmark. Also known as the Nags Head Town Trail, the Preserve is located 4 north of Nags Head and 7 miles south of the Wright Brothers Memorial. There are 5 miles of interconnected trails administered by The Nature Conservancy. Each trail has different features and has a variety of surfaces, from boardwalk to sand to gravel. We’ve attached a trail map, which has detailed descriptions. There’s good variety here for a relatively small geographic area.

  • 5 miles of trails, some interconnected. See trail map & descriptions
  • Some flat, some hills
  • Depends on trail chosen but the parking lot is a good start point
  • Ample parking lot