Lost Colony of Roanoke Nags Head to Bath

Nags Head, North Carolina

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A 118-mile paved drive past numerous worthwhile attractions on historic Roanoke Island and several wildlife refuges to Bath, the oldest town in North Carolina. This drive travels from the Outer Banks to Roanoke Island, one of the most historically important places in the United States. Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in the New World; its colonists disappeared without a trace. The drive also crosses a large section of the coastal mainland, passing Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, home of wild, endangered red wolves, and ends at Bath, the oldest incorporated town in North Carolina. It’s a long drive with plenty of historic and scenic attractions. If possible, try to spend at least 2 days doing it. Special attractions: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabeth II State Historic Site, Elizabethan Gardens, North Carolina Aquarium, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, Bath State Historic Site, fishing, boating, cycling, 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 118-mile paved drive past numerous worthwhile attractions on historic Roanoke Island and several wildlife refuges to Bath, the oldest town in North Carolina. This drive travels from the Outer Banks to Roanoke Island, one of the most historically important places in the United States. Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in the New World; its colonists disappeared without a trace. The drive also crosses a large section of the coastal mainland, passing Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, home of wild, endangered red wolves, and ends at Bath, the oldest incorporated town in North Carolina. It’s a long drive with plenty of historic and scenic attractions. If possible, try to spend at least 2 days doing it.

Special attractions: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabeth II State Historic Site, Elizabethan Gardens, North Carolina Aquarium, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, Bath State Historic Site, fishing, boating, cycling, 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.

©  Laurence Parent/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Nags Head
Distance: 118
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (National Park Service); Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge; Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge; Bath State Historic Site
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Colony of Roanoke: Nags Head to Bath

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