Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve ADA Trail

Kill Devil Hills, NC
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The ADA Trail is one of seven trails in the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve and is one of the most scenic the Preserve has to offer.

Circling around an interdunal freshwater pond, it travels through maritime swamp forest, and features a scenic overlook of a brackish (or partially saltwater) marsh, as well as two pond overlooks where turtles can often be seen basking in the sun. The 0.5 mile loop trail is constructed of a wooden boardwalk and concrete pathways, allowing visitors with disabilities or young children in strollers an easy route through the woods.

The trail features beautiful wildflowers, and an array of wildlife including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.   The trail is good for all skill levels, and is primarily used for walking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.

Trail guides and printable maps are available at local visitors’ centers, the outdoor information area where hikers can sign-in, the administrative building near the preserve entrance, and online on the Nature Conservancy’s website.

Submitted by Shelli Johnson

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain Any Wheels
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Main parking lot at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Visitor Center. Two handicapped parking spots available at trailhead.

Trail Contributor

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Trail Map

Getting There

Ocean Acres Dr to Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Visitor Center.
To trailhead from main parking lot, turn left on Ocean Acres Dr to the stop sign. Continue straight ahead 50 yards to trailhead.