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Sweetgum Swamp Trail

#11 of 28 things to do in Kill Devil Hills Features Animals
Nags Head Woods, Kill Devil Hills, NC
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Picturesque nature walk in KDH

Moderate hiking trail, ~45-60 min, packed dirt with an occasional sand trap. No wheelchair access... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
gordonsmc
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Brooklyn, New York
Well-marked Hike for All Ages

The Sweet Gum Trail is marked as "moderate" and that's a fair assessment. We're mid-sixties, in... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
PattyMcC7
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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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Part of a gentle five-mile hiking trail at Nags Head Woods.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“preserve” (3 reviews)
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Nags Head Woods, Kill Devil Hills, NC
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Moderate hiking trail, ~45-60 min, packed dirt with an occasional sand trap. No wheelchair access. Nice maritime forest scapes, not much observable wildlife - just squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, and an occasional snake. Particularly nice in the Spring and the Fall, in Summer could be rather...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

The Sweet Gum Trail is marked as "moderate" and that's a fair assessment. We're mid-sixties, in decent but not in exceptional shape, and it was perfect for us. Kids five or older would also enjoy it. It's mostly all in the shade and there are...More

Thank PattyMcC7
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Sweetgum Swamp Trail is part of the Nag Head Woods Nature Preserve. It is very quiet and peaceful. If you are looking for a cool shady place to get away from the crowds, noise and heat of the developed areas this is a great place...More

Thank Truckie351
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We visited day before yesterday and was hoping to come back again before leaving the beach, but that doesn't seem possible right now. The place is peaceful and beautiful but we could still smell the strong aroma of "wet burnt wood". We didn't stay long...More

Thank Frank d
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Driving down the road to the preserve that the swamp trails are in I thought ... this has to be wrong... too many houses and just off the commercial strip... I must have the wrong address. But I didn't :) After the houses, the road...More

6  Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 18 March 2015

A fun trail to explore. Defiantly worth the visit!!!!!!!! especially on a nice warm or cool day. The trail wasn't hard to walk on and mapped out well.

2  Thank BeachyE
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Be sure to bring your bug spray. We visited in June 2014 and were swarmed with mosquitos. The kids and I probably could have completed the hike, but my wife is loved by all mosquitos and had five bites within the first minute. We had...More

5  Thank Mike G
Reviewed 2 May 2014

This trail is one of several in the Hags Head Woods Preserve. We (my wife, 2.5 YO son and myself) hiked the trail - listed at 1.1 miles on their web site but 2.25 on the free map available from the Nature Center. I believe...More

3  Thank Thom P
Reviewed 4 April 2014

I took my three year old twins, seven year old daughter, and 12 year old niece on this hike. They all did fine. The only challenge was the previously mentioned sand hill part of the trail. There are also some really stairs built into the...More

Thank peacefulpauper
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Rated as moderate, but one sand hill could probably be considered difficult for some hikers. My husband and I enjoyed the peaceful hike. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.

3  Thank mimi722
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Jkoeck
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Yes, leashed dogs are allowed on the trail, with provision that they are being cleaned up after.
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