Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Manns Harbor, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

wildlife

hiking
5 months ago

This was a mellow flat jaunt that worked well after a day of driving. We saw a snake (?cottonmouth) and a turtle slink into the water.

hiking
10 months ago

Such a great trail for kids and dogs! We come here every year on vacation. Visit when it’s cooler and bring some healthy treats to feed the turtles. There is an osprey nest visible near the entrance. We saw three today. The kids loved the wildlife, new fit trail activities and playground.

Mon May 20 2019

great little trail but make sure you have bug spray!

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

Easy and quick trail if you want a little exercise.

hiking
Tue Jun 05 2018

Getting to this trailhead is half the adventure. We passed six Black Bears foraging in fields next to the road (including a momma and her two cubs) and a River Otter with two pups that scampered off the road after seeing our car. The trailhead is well marked, although it is also a put in for kayakers so parking is limited. The trail starts out chat covered for a couple hundred yards before turning into a boardwalk. The boardwalk goes through the swamp. A gorgeous Copperhead hunted next to the trail as we passed by ignoring us before it crossed the trail behind us giving us an opportunity to take a picture that is included under the pictures for this trail. About a half hour later on the way back, it was still hunting next to the trail. A snake skeleton from an unknown species was also found on the boardwalk. Just off the trail, Pileated Woodpeckers and Prothonotary Warblers called frequently. The trail is surrounded by tall pines, cattails and wildflowers and stops at a wooden gate overlooking the swamp. This was a great trail.

walking
Fri Apr 27 2018

We really enjoyed this easy boardwalk trail. It was easy and the the views of the swamp were very nice. There were birds and plenty of turtles to see along the way.

walking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Every easy trail. Path is easy to navigate. Beautiful little walk.

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5 months ago

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