Wildlife & Nature

The Outer Banks is a unique place with lush woods and beautiful horse filled beaches. Discover the wildlife and nature of the Outer Banks

Corolla Wild Horses

Where the pavement ends, north of Corolla, you may get a glimpse of the Corolla Wild Horses. These wild horses are true descendants of Spanish Mustangs and are also referred to as “Banker Horses.” Please do NOT feed these horses and take care when traveling by vehicle to avoid the horses. Please help us to protect our wild horses and report any abuse to the
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Duck Town Park And Boardwalk

The Town Park features 11 acres of natural beauty including trails through the maritime forest and willow swamp, open green space, soundside views, and access to the Duck Boardwalk. The Duck Boardwalk extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound and can be accessed from the Town Park and other locations throughout the Town’s Village Commercial District. Please see the map below for details. The
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Equine Adventures

Equine Adventures offers two-hour guided horseback adventures through the scenic trails of the N.C. Coastal Reserve and maritime forest to the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Rides are offered at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. and cost $100 per person. Children younger than 10 or people weighing more than 220 pounds are not accepted. Rides are offered year round. Make reservations in advance,
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Jockeys Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Park is open year round. Free programs are offered each season. For some, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Programs include: Sunset on the Ridge, Crabby Clinic, Kayaking, Birding on the Sound
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Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Preserve

The Kitty Hawk Woods component is located on the Outer Banks, in the center of the village of Kitty Hawk bordering the Currituck Sound. Kitty Hawk Woods encompasses a total of 1,824 acres of maritime deciduous swamp, forest, and marsh. The town of Kitty Hawk, with a conservation easement with the state, owns 461 acres.
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Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Nags Head Woods is 1,092 acres of sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and wetlands. Hiking trails are open from dawn til dusk every day. Over 100 species of birds have been documented at Nags Head Woods in addition to 15 species of amphibians and 28 species of reptiles. The preserve offers a welcome natural reprieve from the busy coastal scene not only for wildlife, but also
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North Carolina Aquarium

Located on Roanoke Island, the NC Aquarium hosts a variety of native marine life found on the Outer Banks. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations and more. Live animal programs in the Aquarium auditorium may feature alligators, sea turtles or snakes. The Graveyard of the Atlantic tank features a replica of the U.S.S. Monitor and a variety of
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