Explore the most popular trails near Kill Devil Hills with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Well marked with plenty of surprises and sights along the way. Enjoyed the different maritime plants labeled as well. Will be back for sure.
Trails 1-3 off the visitor center dock are more advanced (no pets on these trails). Trails 4-6 are moderate to easy with a beautiful sound view and some great live oak trees at the end. Trails 4-6 are pet friendly as well.

All six of the trails here are nice to walk, especially if you're beached out. Take some bug spray though. You could definitely kill a few hours at this park if you want to make a day of it.

4 months ago

Decent short trail with a 6'-wide concrete pathway for ADA. Eventually, it transitions to a wood/pier pathway with a couple nice water views. It's pretty short, so it might be worth taking on one of the other preserve trails to extend the day.

To find the trailhead go from the visitor center across the parking lot and turn left on the road. It starts a few dozen yards done the road on the right. Once there you will go through a maritime forest with several intradunal ponds. After descending to a road you will cross the road and pick the trail up on the other side.

If you look to your right as you cross the road you will see the old Tillett family cemetery. A sign further down the trail talks about the Tillett’s homestead and you can still see some remains of their home’s foundation. Eventually, the path leads to a sound view that is spectacular. Some benches are there to sit on and take in the view. A beautiful black rat snake made an appearance on our way back to the trailhead. This was an enjoyable trail that I will definitely do again.

walking
4 months ago

This is an enjoyable mostly paved path that leads through a maritime forest and around a large pond that was created from rain water. The part of the path that isn’t paved is boardwalk and there are some nice places to sit and view the surrounding wildlife or just enjoy nature. A Green Heron perched in a tree above the pond and gave us wonderful views.

So many bugs but very worth it and the ocean view at the end of the trail was a great and beautiful surprise

hiking
5 months ago

We enjoyed this trail. It was short and easy and well-marked. The view of the sound was very nice.

walking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Easy walk with slight elevation for Kill Hill. Worth doing.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

love the history..neat memorial and park

The signs were really easy to follow and the scenery was both beautiful and fascinating. You will pass a small cemetery and later learn more about the family that it belonged to. It's ends at a little beach by the sound and when I got there a couple told me that I had just missed seeing a snake eat an eel. Really cool especially if you're used to mainland scenery - it's totally different.

walking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Very cool to walk path of history.

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Year's was a bug free walk. We did see a cottonmouth moccasin sunning himself on this chilly day. Well-marked, popular, but not overly crowded. Wooded dunes hidden off the beaten OBX track offer well-maintained and marked trails appropriate for hikers of all ages and conditions.

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fun trail with great terrain changes. Our dogs (and my husband) were covered in ticks after. No mosquitoes when we went (November).

TONS of mosquitos due to all the standing water -- don't forget your bug repellent! Otherwise a pleasant trek.

Loved this hike. Had no idea I would find a hike like this in OBX.

walking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lot of history here. The walkway follows the flight path of the Wright Bros flights

An incredible chance to experience maritime forest. Many trails to select and link together for all levels.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

well maintained trail. enjoyed the trail and all its views. nature was quiet, but the quietness of the trail, spoke volumes. great family and individual trail. Also, a nice trail run would be in my future plans.

Very interesting hike. Crosses through at least three distinct types of forest and has terrain features I would never have expected on an island like Nags Head. I would strongly encourage either long sleeves and pants or copious amounts of insect repellent as Mosquitos are plentiful and there are sections which could be prone to housing ticks. Otherwise a beautiful hike.

Great trail. Great hike no matter how serious/hardcore you are. The differing ecosystems is amazing. Absolutely beautiful.

paddle sports
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Put in is at the Colington fire station on Colington Rd. There is plenty of parking and a very nice launch area for canoes and kayaks. From there you have a choice of navigating around big (7.2Mi) or little (4.3Mi) Colington Island. Colington Cut is a canal that separates the two islands. The shoreline of Little Colington Island is mostly undeveloped so you will see more wildlife like eagles, osprey, nutria and a wide variety of ducks and geese. You can explore a number of canals that are cut into the island. Big Colington Island is much more developed with the south shore the only undeveloped area. Exposure to the Roanoke and Albemarle sounds makes paddling more difficult when it is windy. There are plenty of sandy beaches where you can get out to picnic or swim. There is even a semi-public beach with rest room facilities at Colington Harbour Park that you can use.

hiking
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hiking
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