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“Going at Sunset Is a Nice Idea, BUT...”
Review of Currituck Banks

Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Corolla
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A small parking lot is provided for users of the maritime forest hiking trail. The trailhead is located by the informational sign west of the parking lot. Please close the gate behind you. It is there to keep wild horses from entering into Corolla. There is a 1/3 mile accessible boardwalk as well as a 1.5 mile (roundtrip) primitive hiking trail. Horses and other wildlife can be observed while hiking the boardwalk and trail. There is a 2 hour time limit for the parking lot. Anyone wishing to leave a vehicle temporarily so they can tour the 4 wheel drive area or walk to the beach must use the county beach access parking lots less than 1 mile south on Highway 12. Free public parking is located at the Heritage Park area and County parking lot near the lighthouse.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The two trails here are a real pleasure: one is a 0.3-mile roundtrip path, completely paved with a boardwalk, and the other is a 1.5-mi roundtrip primitive trail. The latter is very well marked, which helps when going over and through the twisty pathways. This path ends not on a pier or a beach, but in a reedy swamp--if you're going expecting to photograph the sunset over the water, guess again.

The other thing to realize is that at dusk, the bugs come out: mosquitoes, deer flies, and horseflies, among others. And they're *hungry.* So douse yourself in bug spray, come before dusk, or come in the winter. You have been warned. :-)

Thank Pat F
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"currituck sound"
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"nature walk"
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"nice walk"
in 12 reviews
"boardwalk trail"
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"pine needles"
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"shaded walk"
in 2 reviews
"minute round trip"
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"small parking area"
in 4 reviews
"wild horses"
in 24 reviews
"maritime forest"
in 6 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 3 reviews
"great hike"
in 2 reviews
"bug spray"
in 5 reviews
"breathtaking views"
in 3 reviews
"bring your camera"
in 2 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 2 reviews
"off season"
in 3 reviews

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful, well-kept trail. Great for all ages and abilities. Wide boardwalk style that can easily accommodate a wheel chair or stroller. Flat trail with no hills. However, my 4 y.o. did get a tick. That is common place for this "day and age" and there is a warning at the beginning about the possibility of ticks. I would just remember your stray or essential oil deterrent. Unfortunately, I would chalk this up to the fault of myself, the parent, for not coating her in rose geranium e.o. that I had in the car! No fault of the trail. About a 20-25 minute round trip short hike, depending how long you hang out at the bay.

1  Thank heatherr1976
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes! My husband and I saw a black bear on the remote path—the one off the boardwalk! I was able to get video of the bear and pull a few stills out of the video, but I am unable to upload any to this sight. It was our first night in Corolla and we wanted to squeeze in a short hike at 6:45 pm in hopes of seeing the Corolla horses. At first I thought it was a horse then I realized it was a bear. Instead of running, we decided to let him know we were there, so we started gently yelling “Hey, Bear....”. And continued our walk. He disappeared soon after he realized we were there. What a surprise for all three of us! Apparently this is the first time in locals’ recent memory that a bear has visited Corolla. One was photographed in Duck a couple of weeks ago. Everyone we told was very excited about our tale and videos!

1  Thank bakercat3
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The boardwalk trail ends in a beautiful scenic view of the sound, but we thoroughly enjoyed the “off boardwalk” nature trail which weaves in and out of the trees and shrubbery. Very well marked path and pretty flat for the duration. Pets on leash were permitted. Trail head is easy to spot, keep driving past the light house until you come to a sharp curve to the right. Parking lot has signage. No restrooms that we saw.

Thank Ethanenigma
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Took the boardwalk path over wetland and thru some very dense marshes. It was super cool and some of folks in our party started joking we felt like "Children of the Corn". The end is a platform over the water with a beautiful view. However on the way back to the parking lot we ran into a lady taking a picture of the marsh and turns out there was a large black snake who was just slithering off the boardwalk into the marsh. Interesting.....and a little scary. We didn't think much more about it until the next day we visited Bodie Lighthouse and also walked the boardwalk there over wetlands where they had multiple signs posted about dangerous snakes in the area to be aware of and warning to stay on boardwalk. I don't know if the snakes at Currituck Banks are poisonous but it would have been nice had there been an similar sign posted!

Thank K D
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