Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Spots

Look at any map of the Outer Banks that includes the North Carolina mainland, and you'll notice a massive, mitten-shaped parcel of land directly to the west of the central OBX barrier islands. Almost all of this large area comprises the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest refuges in the state, wh...

  • East Lake

    252-473-1668

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Spots

The Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is a pristine area of sandy beaches and grassy dunes, forests and marshes located in the Northern Outer Banks. Located just to the North of Corolla, the wetlands is home to many animals including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.  Bird watchers...

  • Knotts Island

    252-429-3100

Duck Town Park

  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kid Friendly Activities
  • Nature Spots
  • Paddleboarding
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Spots

Duck Town Park provides a playground for all seasons and more. Its 11 acres consist of a mix of Maritime Forest, willow swamp, open lawn with amphitheatre and picnic shelters, all sitting next to the lovely shallow waters of scenic Currituck Sound. Situated in the heart of Duck, the Park is also central to mo...

  • Duck

    252-255-1234

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Educational Activities
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Museums
  • Nature Spots

Home to an earthen fort attributed to the English colonists of the late 1500s, Fort Raleigh works to preserve sites and the history attached to them.  This includes stories of the English explorers of Roanoke Island, the Algonquian Indians, Civil War soldiers and the African-Americans who have played major roles in ...

  • Manteo

    252-473-5772

Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center

  • Educational Activities
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Museums
  • Rainy Day Activities
  • Scenic Spots
  • Tours

Get back to nature and learn about national and local indigenous people at the Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center. Located in Frisco, the year round Museum holds a collection of Native American artifacts from Hatteras Island as well as other American Indian cultures. There are natural histor...

  • Frisco

    252-995-4440

Jockey's Ridge State Park

  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Educational Activities
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Kayaking
  • Kid Friendly Activities
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums
  • Must See Attractions
  • Nature Spots
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Spots
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

Jockey’s Ridge State Park features the tallest natural sand dune system on the East Coast and is consistently one of the most popular state parks in North Carolina.  Although the landmark has been a favorite of native Outer Bankers and visitors for generations, it did not become a state park until 1975, thanks...

  • Nags Head

    252-441-7132

Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Spots

Looking for a shady retreat from the hot beach? Come adventure in the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. The reserve offers a chance to educate yourself and your kids, explore the woods and wildlife and to understand the mission of the preservation efforts for the Kitty Hawk Woods.  The res...

  • Kitty Hawk

    252-261-8891

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Kid Friendly Activities
  • Nature Spots
  • Scenic Spots

You may think of the Outer Banks as a beach location, but the beautiful landscapes go far beyond sand and ocean. A trip to Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve will amaze you with beautiful forests, animals in natural habitats and gorgeous, secluded views of the sound.  Run by the Nature Co...

  • Kill Devil Hills

    252-441-2525

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Museums
  • Nature Spots

For an aquarium on a small island, the NC Aquarium is certainly an exciting one. Opportunities to immerse your self in the culture of Outer Banks waters abound. Seven exhibit galleries highlight the aquarium. Indoor and outdoor programming, dive shows, feedings, lectures, films, animal encounters, sleepovers and day camp...

  • Manteo

    800-832-3474

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Museums
  • Nature Spots

For an aquarium on a small island, the NC Aquarium is certainly an exciting one. Opportunities to immerse your self in the culture of Outer Banks waters abound. Seven exhibit galleries highlight the aquarium. Indoor and outdoor programming, dive shows, feedings, lectures, films, animal encounters, sleepovers and day camp...

  • Manteo

    800-832-3474

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kid Friendly Activities
  • Nature Spots
  • Scenic Spots

Pea Island is a birder’s paradise. The 5,834-acre refuge provides a habitat for migratory waterfowl. Enjoy trails that wander through nature and end in platforms perfect for scoping out your feathered friends. There are blinds to shoot photos a beautiful beach as well as a year-round visitor’s center where th...

  • Rodanthe

    252-473-1131