Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Virginia State Line to Bodie Island

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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A 43-mile drive that starts on Knotts Island at the Virginia state line, passes through a large wildlife refuge, crosses Currituck Sound on a car ferry, and continues south along the Currituck Peninsula. The drive eventually crosses a causeway to Currituck Banks and Bodie Island, part of the Outer Banks. Starting at one of the more remote parts of the North Carolina coast, on Knotts Island, this scenic route passes through the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a large area of marsh and forest heavily used by wildlife, particularly the greater snow goose. The drive then requires a ferry crossing of beautiful Currituck Sound to the mainland. Traveling south down the Currituck Peninsula, it ends after crossing a bridge to the Outer Banks. Special attractions: Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Currituck– Knotts Island Ferry, Currituck County Courthouse, hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving North Carolina

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Scenic Driving North Carolina

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

A 43-mile drive that starts on Knotts Island at the Virginia state line, passes through a large wildlife refuge, crosses Currituck Sound on a car ferry, and continues south along the Currituck Peninsula. The drive eventually crosses a causeway to Currituck Banks and Bodie Island, part of the Outer Banks. Starting at one of the more remote parts of the North Carolina coast, on Knotts Island, this scenic route passes through the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a large area of marsh and forest heavily used by wildlife, particularly the greater snow goose.

The drive then requires a ferry crossing of beautiful Currituck Sound to the mainland. Traveling south down the Currituck Peninsula, it ends after crossing a bridge to the Outer Banks. Special attractions: Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Currituck– Knotts Island Ferry, Currituck County Courthouse, hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Kitty Hawk
Distance: 43
Season: Year-round; best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge: Virginia State Line to Bodie Island

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