Colington Island is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kill Devil Hills, NC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for canoeing and sea kayaking and is accessible year-round.
Turn onto Colington road at mile post 8 on US158, Kill Devil Hills. Drive over the second bridge. You will see the Colington Fire station on your left and a parking area on your right.
Put in is at the Colington fire station on Colington Rd. There is plenty of parking and a very nice launch area for canoes and kayaks. From there you have a choice of navigating around big (7.2Mi) or little (4.3Mi) Colington Island. Colington Cut is a canal that separates the two islands. The shoreline of Little Colington Island is mostly undeveloped so you will see more wildlife like eagles, osprey, nutria and a wide variety of ducks and geese. You can explore a number of canals that are cut into the island. Big Colington Island is much more developed with the south shore the only undeveloped area. Exposure to the Roanoke and Albemarle sounds makes paddling more difficult when it is windy. There are plenty of sandy beaches where you can get out to picnic or swim. There is even a semi-public beach with rest room facilities at Colington Harbour Park that you can use.