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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina Map

unexpected nature, great find.

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.

3 months ago

We found the trailhead at the end of Birch Lane. The trail is unmarked past the trailhead & minimally maintained. In many places trees have fallen across the trail & hikers have created by-passes to go around the barrier, but masking the trail hard to find sometimes. The trail just sort of ends with no indication. Insect repellent is a must. Careful tick check is important after the hike. We came off the trail with a large collection of ticks.

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.

4 months 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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

scenic driving
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Oregon Inlet is an inlet along North Carolina's Outer Banks. It joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean and separates Bodie Island from Pea Island, which are connected by the 2.5 mile Herbert C. Bonner Bridge that spans the inlet. As one of the few access points to the ocean along this stretch of coast, Oregon Inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips, with a nearby harbor serving as the base for many large boats that travel miles out towards the Gulf Stream almost every day. The inlet is also the location of a U.S. Coast Guard station [ref Wikipedia]. Great place to check what's biting when the boats come into the docks, fun to do some crabbing next to the dock. We stop by here every time we do the lighthouse run - Currituck to Wright Brothers Memorial to Bodie Island to Cape Hatteras to Okracoke to Cape Lookout and there be ferries involved too. Great day trip along Hwy 12! LOVE the OBX!

scenic driving
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Don't limit yourself to the memorial. There is much to do here. Be sure to pick up some of the local wine made from the same grapes as the wild horses eat. The last time I was there was almost 10 years ago but I hear it has not changed much.

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.

scenic driving
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Our first trip to the Outer Banks was primarily for my wife to scuba dive - another scenic aspect, though a little off the road. Even in the busiest stretches, north of the First Flight memorial, were a treat. The OBX has the more affluent villages to the north, as well as nice scenery, capped for us by the lighthouse and driving off-road at the top in an attempt to see the wild ponies. The First Flight memorial is a very worthwhile stop and, done properly involves a fairly easy, handicapped-accessible hike to the monument. South of the First Flight memorial, the OBX is more laid back and touristy, so there's something for almost anyone. I especially enjoyed the scenery from Nags Head, south. The views of the dunes, ocean and marshes were great, as were the beaches. But don't stop at the Bonner Bridge! more scenery and lighthouses await. This is a great ride, all the way to Ocracoke Island and back. Take the time to take a side trip (4X4) onto the beach, where allowed. Also, stop for a beach hike of almost any length or visit a lighthouse..

Sunday, April 10, 2016

scenic driving
Saturday, January 30, 2016