Top 5 Hiking Trails in the Outer Banks

May 14, 2021 4:33 pm

The Outer Banks may be known for its stunning beaches, but they are not the only attraction worth noting. Hiking is another great option for enjoying all that OBX has to offer with your friends and loved ones. We have some of the tallest sand dunes for exploring, not to mention some pretty cool hidden hiking trails.

If you are planning a visit to OBX this summer, you may want to add a few of these amazing hiking trails to your to-do list for outdoor adventure.

Nags head Wood Trail

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Looking for some of the best hiking the Outer Banks has to offer? Look no further than the Nags Head Woods Preserve. This hidden gem features forested ridges and marshes, ponds, and wetlands teeming with wildlife. It is one of the largest maritime forests remaining on the East Coast. As you hike along the many trails on the preserve, you can observe more than 150 species of birds and over 550 species of plants. Among the awesome birds who nest in the preserve during the summer months are blue grosbeaks and brightly colored prothonotary warblers. A local favorite trail is the Roanoke, which includes an easy 1.5-mile round-trip hike. It is perfect for families with small children or those who just want to take a leisurely jaunt through nature.


Dare County Civil War Heritage Trail

Get some exercise and culture all at the same time when you visit the Dare County Civil War Heritage Trail. There are more than 15 miles of trails from which to choose. Historical monuments and displays are peppered throughout the site, allowing hikers to educate themselves on this important time in our history. It is a nice way to discover history with friends and family while enjoying the serene landscape.


Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Looking for some of the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast? Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the place to be if you want to check out some sand dunes (and some awesome views of the sound) before indulging in some of this park’s hiking trails. You truly will feel like you are walking on top of the world once you are atop the dunes. While you here, you can fly some kites or take in one of the park’s breathtaking sunsets. Looking for a twofer while you are at the park? The Bodie Island Lighthouse is just a short drive south. Visitors will enjoy plenty of walkable lands.