Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Nags Head Woods is one of the best examples of a maritime forest remaining on the eastern seaboard. Within this 1100-acre oasis, you’ll find a world far more diverse than anywhere else on the island.
Here, you’ll find five species of salamander, fourteen species of toads and frogs, eight species of turtles, five species of lizards, and twenty species of snakes—including the venomous water moccasin, which likes to sun itself on a hot summer’s day, and the timber rattler. More than fifty bird species nest here, and the tree population includes eleven species of oaks, including several individual oaks estimated to be more than 500 years old."