Regional Guide

Hiking - North Carolina Coast

It takes dedication, an adventurous spirit, and one heck of a vacation to thru-hike North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The route, first begun in 1973, encompasses some 1,000 miles of hiking and biking trails and runs through two national parks, three national forests, one national seashore, seven state parks, two wilderness areas, and two wildlife refuges. The diversity of North Carolina has never been so easily accessible.

Take a walk at the Nags Head Woods Preserve, a maritime forest located on the western end of Nags Head in the Outer Banks. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, this 1,100-acre forest offers walking trails and a visitor center.

Step back in time on Roanoke Island. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site offers you the chance to see the island much as the British did upon their arrival some 400 years ago. The island is located between Nags Head and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Hike the Neusiok Trail in Croatan National Forest. Sandy beaches, expansive swampland, and long-leafed pine savannah each make an appearance as you traipse along this 20-mile footpath.

Walk slowly and bring a coastal flora guidebook in Carolina Beach State Park. Keep a vigilant eye out for the Venus flytrap. This famous carnivorous plant is quite comfortable making its home here.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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