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Charles Baker reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Quite cold today but still a great walk. Easily combined with a couple other trails to make a nice extended loop.

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Lisa Sandridge reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Went off trail multiple times since we lost sight of the trail markers. Hotter than we thought for March but still a good experience since I was able to climb the dunes

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Tom Lechner reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Allison Schilling reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Very cool trail though the sand to see the sound and huge sand dunes.

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Josh McIntyre reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Classic NC landmark. Always fun to take huge leaps in the sand trail.

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C Avery reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Lots of people out there. I recommend exploring on the sound side. Very peaceful and quiet. Also very entertaining to sit for a minute and watch the hang gliders.

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Emma Coltoff reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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This park was unexpectedly amazing! The vast dunes were unreal, plenty of views, and a great place to have a socially distanced hike/explore. Definitely wear sunscreen though and bring water, as there is no shade anywhere.

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Louis C Egger reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Nice sandy surprise

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Cold!! Not really a trail as it’s a boardwalk the entire way but great views of the Lighthouse

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katie pokopac reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Andrew Deglin reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Brian Downs reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Best sunset on the East Coast

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A nice and accommodating boardwalk behind the Bodie Lighthouse that feeds to a marsh overlook.

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Michelle Fleury reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Great little hike. Great for pictures.

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Josh burgh reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Misty Walters reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Awesome views. Mildly strenuous due to the sandy terrain. You can go on the beaten path or venture off between the dunes to view Mother Nature at its finest. Interesting species of succulent plants including cactus, also live oaks and sea grasses. You alternate between shoes and barefoot depending upon the sand. I was barefoot and hit a sand spur in the areas of denser foliage. You’d never know this dune was so magnificent just seeing it from the road. Cross over to the sound side for a lovely sunset if you’re here that time of day. Cool story about he courageous local lady that spearheaded efforts to save the dune from development and turn it into a park for people to see years later. Best of all it’s FREE, donations are accepted. Restrooms available and open.

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Brenton MacAloney reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Randall Henderson reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Patrick Saleeby reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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HikingGreat!

We coupled this with what the park map calls the Ridge Top trail, which equated to 2.4 miles total. See my recording, but basically stay straight when you start on the path coming from the lot, and ignore the trail on your right (which is the actual Tracks in the Sand trail) and head up to the top of the dune where you can walk the ridge and see both the Atlantic and the sound. We then circled back and hiked the Tracks in the Sand trail, which takes you directly to the sound thanks to strategically placed signposts. Very windy when we went, but still a very enjoyable and incredibly unique little hike. Also a great place to re-enact scenes from The English Patient.

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Katrina Seitter reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Not super long, but the walking through sand is what made this kinda strenuous! Beautiful :)

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D Moon reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Had a Blast goofing around here!

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All boardwalk trail that goes right by the lighthouse and out to the edge of the marsh overlooking the water...with a platform at the end. A definite must stop if you're at Cape Hatteras.

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Tommy Hypes reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Heather Underwood reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Great hike with amazing views. I would definitely go early in the morning.

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Hailey Henderson reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Great views of the sound and a good workout.

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Derrick Lambert reviewed Tracks in the Sand Trail
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Great view of the sound which is perfect for sunset. The dunes themselves are also very impressive and unexpected for this part of the country. I would highly recommend visiting in the morning or evening, thereby avoiding the heat of the day.

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