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Best trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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Looking for a great trail in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great views trails, walking trails, beach 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!

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Map of trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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 - 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 - 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
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
#5 - South Virginia Dare Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
#6 - 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
#7 - Cape Hatteras Beach
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
#8 - 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
#9 - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m