Colington Island

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Colington Island actually consists of two islands, Big Colington Island and Little Colington Island. Two bridges span the waterways that separate the two. If you were to be blindfolded and dropped off here, I doubt you would guess you were at the seashore. The land is surprisingly high, with steep, irregular hills on which grow pine, holly, dogwood, and oak. These hills are thickly wooded and are separated by low, swampy land. Colington Island is very paddler friendly. The many creeks, marshes, and canals that wind through and around the islands are perfectly suited for an hour or a day’s paddle. There are several campgrounds that you can paddle up to, and a great seafood restaurant. Many homes are built on the canals that crisscross the island. One of the best things about paddling Colington Island is that no matter which direction the wind is blowing, you can find a calm side to explore.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)

Colington Island actually consists of two islands, Big Colington Island and Little Colington Island. Two bridges span the waterways that separate the two. If you were to be blindfolded and dropped off here, I doubt you would guess you were at the seashore. The land is surprisingly high, with steep, irregular hills on which grow pine, holly, dogwood, and oak. These hills are thickly wooded and are separated by low, swampy land.

Colington Island is very paddler friendly. The many creeks, marshes, and canals that wind through and around the islands are perfectly suited for an hour or a day’s paddle. There are several campgrounds that you can paddle up to, and a great seafood restaurant. Many homes are built on the canals that crisscross the island. One of the best things about paddling Colington Island is that no matter which direction the wind is blowing, you can find a calm side to explore.

©  Pam Malec/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Kill Devil Hills
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours to full day
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Local Maps: ADC Map of the Outer Banks
Driving Directions: Directions to Colington Island

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