Hammock Hills Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ocracoke, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife 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: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking


bird watching








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.

Most of the trail was closed due to hurricane damage and the rest was super muddy and impassable. Will check this out another time. So much poison ivy!

Sun Feb 24 2019

Enjoyable short trail. Has been raining for days and was muddy but not deep so as long as you don’t mind the soles of your shoes muddy you will be fine! Nice views of the marsh and great information to read along the path!

mountain biking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Great places to explore the old dunes of the island.

Thu Jun 28 2018

Short and mostly flat. Wear good shoes as there are lots of surface roots. After a rain the trail is muddy in spots. About halfway through there is a platform overlooking the sound. There wasn’t.a lot of wildlife out at the time except for an abundance of frogs along the trail.

Thu Jun 07 2018

Enjoyable loop trail through a maritime forest to a salt marsh with a view of the sound beyond it where several shorebirds feed. There is an elevated deck overlooking the marsh and sound that would be a good place to set up a spotting scope. Poison Ivy is abundant along the trail but the trail is wide and it isn’t much of a problem. I’ve never seen so many Fowler’s Toads in one place. They were hopping off the trail every twenty or thirty feet. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

Wed Jan 03 2018

Good, short trail. Had some really nice views of marsh and wading birds half way through the loop. Tons of fowler's toads and other little critters along the trail too. If you venture out in the late afternoon/evening, be prepared to be bitten.

Mon Jul 04 2016

Perfect for a short outing with my wife and dog. The dunes and pines trees were beautiful. Lots of fiddler crabs on our walk. The viewing area over looking the salt marsh was scenic with several bird species among them plovers. Tied to locate the geo cache in this area but apparently needs maintenance. Watch out for poison ivy if you venture off the beaten path, its everywhere. We didn't see anyone else. Also, a few spots had mosquitos and greenies so bring repellant.

9 months ago

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