Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kitty Hawk, NC and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for canoeing and sea kayaking and is accessible year-round.
The trail is a canal that was dug years ago for logging and drainage. It is mostly undeveloped. Going north leads through the Kitty Hawk Preserve. Ample wildlife can be observed. The canal opens up into Jean Guite Creek at the US158 bridge (see description n this site). Going south leads to Kitty Hawk Bay. From here you can explore the canals of the Kitty Hawk Landing housing development to the west and several canals along the northern shore of Kitty Hawk Bay.
Put-in is at the public boat launch on Bob Perry Rd (off of W Kitty Hawk Rd) where there is lots of parking and public toilet facilities. You can follow the creek north to Jean Guite creek where you can explore a number of side channels and paddle under one of the few covered bridges in eastern NC. Is is a very peaceful trip where you will see plenty of wildlife. Following the creek south will lead you to Kitty Hawk Bay where you can explore a number of channels that are cut through the wetlands.