Discovery Trail to Roanoke Trail Red Loop

MODERATE 34 reviews

Discovery Trail to Roanoke Trail Red Loop is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
3 months ago

Well marked with plenty of surprises and sights along the way. Enjoyed the different maritime plants labeled as well. Will be back for sure.
Trails 1-3 off the visitor center dock are more advanced (no pets on these trails). Trails 4-6 are moderate to easy with a beautiful sound view and some great live oak trees at the end. Trails 4-6 are pet friendly as well.

4 months ago

All six of the trails here are nice to walk, especially if you're beached out. Take some bug spray though. You could definitely kill a few hours at this park if you want to make a day of it.

hiking
4 months ago

To find the trailhead go from the visitor center across the parking lot and turn left on the road. It starts a few dozen yards done the road on the right. Once there you will go through a maritime forest with several intradunal ponds. After descending to a road you will cross the road and pick the trail up on the other side.

If you look to your right as you cross the road you will see the old Tillett family cemetery. A sign further down the trail talks about the Tillett’s homestead and you can still see some remains of their home’s foundation. Eventually, the path leads to a sound view that is spectacular. Some benches are there to sit on and take in the view. A beautiful black rat snake made an appearance on our way back to the trailhead. This was an enjoyable trail that I will definitely do again.

trail running
4 months ago

So many bugs but very worth it and the ocean view at the end of the trail was a great and beautiful surprise

hiking
5 months ago

We enjoyed this trail. It was short and easy and well-marked. The view of the sound was very nice.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

The signs were really easy to follow and the scenery was both beautiful and fascinating. You will pass a small cemetery and later learn more about the family that it belonged to. It's ends at a little beach by the sound and when I got there a couple told me that I had just missed seeing a snake eat an eel. Really cool especially if you're used to mainland scenery - it's totally different.

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Year's was a bug free walk. We did see a cottonmouth moccasin sunning himself on this chilly day. Well-marked, popular, but not overly crowded. Wooded dunes hidden off the beaten OBX track offer well-maintained and marked trails appropriate for hikers of all ages and conditions.

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fun trail with great terrain changes. Our dogs (and my husband) were covered in ticks after. No mosquitoes when we went (November).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TONS of mosquitos due to all the standing water -- don't forget your bug repellent! Otherwise a pleasant trek.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Loved this hike. Had no idea I would find a hike like this in OBX.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

An incredible chance to experience maritime forest. Many trails to select and link together for all levels.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

well maintained trail. enjoyed the trail and all its views. nature was quiet, but the quietness of the trail, spoke volumes. great family and individual trail. Also, a nice trail run would be in my future plans.

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Very interesting hike. Crosses through at least three distinct types of forest and has terrain features I would never have expected on an island like Nags Head. I would strongly encourage either long sleeves and pants or copious amounts of insect repellent as Mosquitos are plentiful and there are sections which could be prone to housing ticks. Otherwise a beautiful hike.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Great trail. Great hike no matter how serious/hardcore you are. The differing ecosystems is amazing. Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

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