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Pamlico Sound is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buxton, North Carolina that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports

bird watching



NOTE: This is a paddle route, not a hiking trail.

private property
11 months ago

This is a paddle not a hiking trail. Entrance is a canal on private property! Very disappointed.

scenic driving
Sun Mar 05 2017

Great stretch along Hwy 12. We’ve been to the original placement of the Hatteras Light as well as to the new location – quite an engineering feat to move it. We make this part of the Hwy 12 Lighthouse run – great day trip for families. Lots to do, kayak, swim, surf, fly kites, fish, hike, stroll, birdwatch, build sandcastles… If you are on the Outer Banks, I highly recommend this trip and visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore!

Tue Aug 16 2016

I love this area, nice beaches, old style beach towns

Sat Mar 31 2018

Thu Aug 24 2017