Best trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great dogs leash trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore ranging from 0.8 to 14.1 miles and from 0 to 32 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

A place to engage your senses The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes, you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms these islands are ever changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are walking on the beach, kayaking on the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there is something for everyone to explore! Accessibility: Plan your visit by visiting the park website: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of 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 (9)
#1 - Bodie Island Light Station Nature Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 9 m
This trail is a wooden boardwalk behind the Bodie Lighthouse that feeds to a marsh overlook. You are likely to see various wildlife on your trip. Check the park website for current information: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm When the lighthouse is open, you can climb the lighthouse to the top. There is a photo book at the Bodie Island Lighthouse that shows pictures of the views from the top of the lighthouse if you are unable to climb the stairs. Accessibility: There are at least 2 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot at the visitors center on a paved surface. At least 2 of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is all flat (0-1% grade), wooden boardwalk, and typically at least 6 feet wide. Show more
#2 - Buxton Woods Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
#3 - Open Ponds Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
#4 - Hammock Hills Nature Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
#5 - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#6 - Kitty Hawk to Corolla Bike Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 21.3 mi
#7 - South Virginia Dare Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
#8 - Cape Hatteras Beach
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
#9 - Pamlico Sound Paddle Route
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 7.8 mi