Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Trails Loop

MODERATE 8 reviews

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Trails Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 285 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


2 months ago

Fun trail with great terrain changes. Our dogs (and my husband) were covered in ticks after. No mosquitoes when we went (November).

4 months ago

TONS of mosquitos due to all the standing water -- don't forget your bug repellent! Otherwise a pleasant trek.

5 months ago

Loved this hike. Had no idea I would find a hike like this in OBX.

5 months ago

6 months ago

An incredible chance to experience maritime forest. Many trails to select and link together for all levels.

9 months ago

well maintained trail. enjoyed the trail and all its views. nature was quiet, but the quietness of the trail, spoke volumes. great family and individual trail. Also, a nice trail run would be in my future plans.

1 year ago

Very interesting hike. Crosses through at least three distinct types of forest and has terrain features I would never have expected on an island like Nags Head. I would strongly encourage either long sleeves and pants or copious amounts of insect repellent as Mosquitos are plentiful and there are sections which could be prone to housing ticks. Otherwise a beautiful hike.

Great trail. Great hike no matter how serious/hardcore you are. The differing ecosystems is amazing. Absolutely beautiful.