Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve

EASY 6 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

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.

hiking
15 days ago

I recommend finding the trailhead by using the directions function on the app, which takes you to the trailhead on Ridge Road. There is a wide spot in the road at the start of the trailhead where two cars could probably fit. The trail goes through a maritime forest and is easy to follow to the sound, which is a short side trail out and back from the main trail. The sound is hard to see but you can see parts of it and the Wright Memorial Bridge.

If you continue going north on the trail once you have returned from the sound view side trail you will come to a wooden gate. Heading north past the wooden gate the trail is not marked and becomes nonexistent at parts. You will eventually come to a road and if you follow the road and plunge back into the forest where the gps map says you should, you will eventually come back to another wooden gate where the trail picks up again and is better marked. That trail will lead you around the loop and back to the trailhead. That said, I recommend not treating this as a loop trail but instead as a couple of out and back trails and turning around once you come to the wooden gates.

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
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