Bodie Island Light Station Nature Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nags Head, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.4 miElevation gain3 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakePavedViewswild-flowersWildlife
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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.

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RJ P
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Nature trips

Cold boardwalk to open marshland. The wind can get a little brutal so dress maybe more warmly than you may think. I didnt spend too long out there but walked most of the boardwalk and enjoyed the history and view of the lighthouse

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

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Brett Price
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Great little hike. Great for pictures.

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Ryan Junior
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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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Phil Brown
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Tim McLelland
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Beautiful

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Amy Carter
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Hiking

Nice wooden walk way all the way to the water, beautiful views of the sound, the lighthouse, and wildlife. We saw a snake! Easy walk.

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Anna Acerra
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Cool lighthouse. Short drive off the main road. Worth it.

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Keta Johnson
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Hiking

Super easy out and back walkway around the lighthouse grounds and out to a view over the water. Ducks were plentiful. Off season this light house is closed to visitors. Not a hike but a short step with lovely vistas.

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Joss Libs
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Hiking

Short little treasure trove. Awesome views of Bodie Lighthouse and inlet!

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Eric Bell
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Hiking

Short boardwalk to a marsh overlook. Snakes present, so stay on boardwalk.

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Mindy Logar
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Hiking

cute little trek to see the lighthouse and marshlands. not really a hike but it was easy for the kids.

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Beth Koenig
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Short easy scenic

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C.E. Ryan
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Very easy boardwalk with great views of lighthouse!

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Lance Moore
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easy boardwalk trail that at the end is overlooking a marsh where we saw lots of wildlife.

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Michael H
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Bird watching

This was an interesting walk along a boardwalk with a view of the marsh. Among the finds here were red winged blackbirds, snowy egrets in abundance including one 30 feet from the boardwalk, crabs and an American Bald eagle. Trail ends at an elevated platform on the waters edge with views of the marsh, water and the light house. I would not call this a hike, but was a good walk to observe nature.

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Conway Hawn
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Bird watching

This is a short out and back trail entirely on a boardwalk. It’s picturesque with the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the background. In fact, they were shooting a movie when we were there and we had to walk around the crew to get to the boardwalk. A Marsh Rabbit was munching grass along the boardwalk so close you could touch it. At the end of the boardwalk is an elevated platform that gives a wonderful view of the freshwater marsh and is excellent for birding. White Ibis, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were abundant, although the wind kept the bird count down. For a small fee you can climb the Bodie Island Lighthouse. It is a busy trail, especially during the summer but worth the stop.

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Jason Boland
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Love the elevated platforms

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Rob Barker
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Accessible trail. Great views.

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Jeff Tomlin
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It was hot, but its a short walk, Nice boardwalk to the lake and back. Lots of birds, an alligator or two, maybe a snake can be seen

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Ann Chambers Theis
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Louis C Egger
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J. David Gatz
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Amy Bravewater
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Brandon Stewart
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Sam Weston
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Heather Sholar
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Guy Sholar
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Anthony Santiago
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