Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve
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David W
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May 2022 • Couples
Great place to see coastal native plants. The terrain is ancient sand dunes that are now woodlands. During our visit in mid-May, we saw the following native plants in bloom: spotted pipsissewq (Chimaphila maculata), grass-leaved ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes praecox), spurge nettle (Cnidoscolus stimulosus), partridgebarry (Mitchella repens), and redring milkweed (Asclepias variegata), plus lots of ferns and woodies. The trails are easy, but parking is limited.
Written 25 May 2022
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Shelties and Birds
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Apr 2019 • Solo
I walk my dogs and birdwatch here frequently in the winter and early spring. It's a great place with wildlife and well marked trails. However, reviews are going to vary largely because there are a lot of trails, not at all contiguous, so people are really talking about different spots.

I'd recommend the trailhead at the end of Ridge Rd. There's space for a couple cars right at the trailhead, and an excellent map as you enter. This section is of trail is very easy, wide, and comfortable to walk. As the trail map will indicate, after a few minutes you come to a major trail intersection, and I would strongly recommend that you go straight or else to the right. If you choose left, you end up along the sound, and that trail is not nearly as well kept, and you eventually end up on private land without meaning to do so. (The sound overlook is okay, but nothing special.)

Lots of birds -- around this time of year (early April) Osprey, Wood Ducks, Pileated Woodpeckers, Hermit Thrush, Pine Warblers, among others. And lots of interesting things for dogs to sniff!

Another interesting trail can be accessed from the end of Birch Lane. A great nature walk, but the trail is far more narrow, parking is a bit awkward, and it is not a walking loop -- you have to retrace your steps when you get to the end.
Written 13 April 2019
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willie535
Seaford, VA15 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
If you like to get away from the hustle and bustle on the Outer Banks from a while, this is a quiet stroll through as lovely area. Lots of flowers and wind blown trees.
Written 12 August 2017
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truthful
Winston Salem, NC18 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is a highlight if you like the maritime forest. We love the hiking trails and all of the flora and fauna. Wear long sleeves and pants or lots of bug spray!
Written 6 August 2017
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Vaughn G
Chapel Hill, NC128 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is five minutes on uncrowded roads from our beach rental, as opposed to the hour drive to the Alligator River preserve. Very easy to launch a kayak and SUP. I will come with every visit to OBX now. A nice activity when there isn't enough wind to sail.
Written 23 July 2017
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Haydee F
Leesburg, VA2 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
Nice facilities however hard to find. The park is nice in any weather. Comments to management: 1) The trees are dying, disease or quality of water or weather - wind up-rooting. 2) No young growth of native species noticeable. 3) There is heavy growth of algae in the channel near the sound, is it invasive species?
Written 7 July 2017
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dlfulton85
Pittsburgh, PA45 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
We hiked the Kitty Hawk woods. Stopped at the main office first for advice on where to start, where to park. Attendant at the office was very helpful. We started at the designated start point. We must have been the first hikers of the day as we encountered numerous spider webs traversing the walking paths. That's why you carry a small broken tree branch in front of you. Trail was very well marked with little placards placed along the way educating the reader about maritime forests. Very interesting. We did get slightly lost and ended up walking on private property (accidentally) but that was our fault. Trail does take you near the sound waters for a nice view. I recommend this to any casual hiker. Take bug spray!!
Written 24 June 2017
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Jeff K
Waldorf, MD328 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We are relatively beginner kayaker and found a great little place to kayak. The preserve has all kinds of canals to explore that eventually lead to the sound. The water is calm and to paddle through. We stayed out on the water for about 3 hours and didn't come close to exploring most of the area.
Written 12 November 2016
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giddensw
Benson, NC72 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We visited to get a break from the beach. Small place but nice. Kinda off the beaten path, not a lot of parking.
Written 22 July 2016
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Amy
Bridgewater, NJ46 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
My friend and I are beginning kayakers, with newly purchased kayaks. We made the trip from NJ to OBX with the kayaks on the roof and we were excited about our maiden voyage. Not sure if where to go, one of the guys at a Duck shop suggested kitty hawk reserve to us. It was perfect! The boat ramp is right in the parking area (where they also have picnic tables and clean porta potties too). We spent about 4 hours on the water admiring the wildlife and the beautiful views. Great location and so perfect for newbies and experienced kayakers looking for a relaxing day
Written 27 April 2016
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