Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve

EASY 5 reviews

Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
32 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running


The trail is a canal that was dug years ago for logging and drainage. It is mostly undeveloped. Going north leads through the Kitty Hawk Preserve. Ample wildlife can be observed. The canal opens up into Jean Guite Creek at the US158 bridge (see description n this site). Going south leads to Kitty Hawk Bay. From here you can explore the canals of the Kitty Hawk Landing housing development to the west and several canals along the northern shore of Kitty Hawk Bay.

8 days ago

Very hard to find the trail. It is sparsely marked in some places & just sort of ends in other places. We accessed the trail from Covered Bridge Road, which is on some maps but isn't actually marked with a sign. Bug repellent is a must. It was an interesting hike but very frustrating to try to find the trailhead.

27 days ago

There wasn’t much parking at the trailhead on Ridge Rd. The trail to the sound was fairly well-marked by small signs and a light blue post. It was narrow and wet in some areas. The view of the sound was obstructed by trees. We preferred the trails in Nags Head and the Sandy Run boardwalk trail which were both in great shape and much more enjoyable.

11 months ago

Locals said the trail was marked, which it was, but not thoroughly. Hard to follow, should have just stuck to the GPS map. Ended up on a private road going in the wrong direction at one point.

paddle sports
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Put-in is at the public boat launch on Bob Perry Rd (off of W Kitty Hawk Rd) where there is lots of parking and public toilet facilities. You can follow the creek north to Jean Guite creek where you can explore a number of side channels and paddle under one of the few covered bridges in eastern NC. Is is a very peaceful trip where you will see plenty of wildlife. Following the creek south will lead you to Kitty Hawk Bay where you can explore a number of channels that are cut through the wetlands.

Sunday, April 10, 2016