Discover the maritime forests and freshwater wetlands of Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. The town of Kitty Hawk owns 461 acres, but the reserve covers almost 2,000 acres of land in total. Explore diverse habitats on foot, by bike, on horseback, or by water in a kayak! There are several multi-use paths throughout the reserve and a playground on the north end of Wood Road for kids.
Hike through fields of flowers and windblown trees, a true marker of why the Wright Brothers tested their flights in Kitty Hawk. Hunting is allowed within the reserve if hunters follow the rules and regulations of North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission. Horseback riders are asked to clean up after their horses to help protect the delicate habitats.
The calm waters are perfect for beginner kayakers, with lots of canals that lead to the sound. Admire wildlife along the shoreline as you paddle through the lush wetlands. High Bridge Creek is has a launch site right by the parking area, alongside clean washrooms. Paddle North/right into the Reserve’s interior or South/left to Kitty Hawk Bay.
As you travel through the maritime forests, you can find ancient shorelines and evidence of sand dunes in the ridges of the grounds. Uncover a variety of plants and animals in the Kitty Hawk Woods, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, and river otters! If you tread carefully through the wetlands, you may find various amphibians and rare birds. Cross-reference this list of expected birds depending on the season you’re visiting Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. After your day in the wild, come home to our cozy accommodations and modern comforts.