Best bird watching trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(252) 473-2111
Top trails (6)
#1 - Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Wildlife Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 29 m
#2 - Open Ponds Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
#3 - Hammock Hills Nature Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
NOTE: As of May 27, 2020, users have reported that most of the trail is closed due to hurricane damage and the rest was super muddy and impassable. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#4 - Oregon Inlet
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 21.3 mi
Oregon Inlet is an inlet along North Carolina's Outer Banks. It joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean and separates Bodie Island from Pea Island, which are connected by the 2.5 mile Herbert C. Bonner Bridge that spans the inlet. As one of the few access points to the ocean along this stretch of coast, Oregon Inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips, with a nearby harbor serving as the base for many large boats that travel miles out towards the Gulf Stream almost every day. The inlet is also the location of a U.S. Coast Guard station. Great place to check what's biting when the boats come into the docks, fun to do some crabbing next to the dock. Show more
#5 - Cape Hatteras Beach
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
#6 - Pamlico Sound
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 7.8 mi
NOTE: This is a paddle route, not a hiking trail.Show more