Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Wildlife Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Wildlife Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nags Head, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

birding
16 days ago

If you are a birder you will love this trail. A boardwalk first takes you over a pond with several turtles that are used to humans and have no problem posing for pictures. Then the trail leads through a tunnel of wind blown trees before opening up to a chat path with wetlands on each side. Birds are everywhere and varied. At the end of the path is an elevated platform with great views of the surrounding wetlands. Along the chat path are viewing decks that allow better viewing of the wetlands.

Don’t overlook the visitor center at the start of the trail, which has free to use spotting scopes pointing at the wetland from big picture windows as well as several nature exhibits. They also sell birding books, t-shirts and related items. Looking out the visitor center window toward the ocean you can still see sticking out of the ocean the boiler of the shipwrecked steamer SS Oriental that sank in 1862.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike, petty scenery. Great sunset views!

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

can't really rate it because we didn't finish the trail. but here are some tips: don't bring your dog; no pets allowed but we drove 45 minutes with our dog so we hiked with our dog. wear light hiking boots or sneakers. too many sand spurs for sandals ( not good for the dog either ). it was too hot in August ; do the trail in cooler weather. will come back and try again this winter without the dog.

birding
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Easy walking.
Wonderful birds.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
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birding
Tuesday, November 22, 2016