Currituck County offers a treasure trove of spots that should not be missed.

Following is a sampling of what awaits happy wanderers:

Audubon Sanctuary & Center: Pine Island

The 2,600-acre site is one of the last pieces of untouched property on the northeastern portion of the Outer Banks, the sanctuary protects marshes along Currituck Sound, bottomland areas, and dry sandy areas and upland maritime forests. Visitoenjoy the area through kayak tours, public programs and a 2.5 mile nature trail that is open from dawn to dusk. pineisland

Currituck Banks Coastal Reserve

The 965-acres Currituck Banks Coastal Reserve stretches from sea to sound and provides an opportunity for visitors to explore unspoiled, natural maritime habitat. Trails, which wind through the area, lead to some of the Northern Outer Banks’ best fishing, hunting, hiking, birding and photo opportunities. There is a handicap-accessible elevated boardwalk through the maritime forest that makes the Reserve accessible to everyone.

Knotts Island

The small rural hunting and fishing community, surrounded by the waters of Knotts Island Bay and the Currituck Sound, is home to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1960 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, the Refuge is a great place for bird watching, as well as biking, hiking, camping, boating, fishing and hunting. There are numerous duck hunting blinds located in the bay, as well as on land. It also is home to the Swan Island Hunting Club, a guided duck-hunting club located across the bay on Swan Island. Knotts Island is only accessible by a free ferry, which makes six daily round-trips between Knotts Island and Currituck on the mainland from a dock near the Historic Courthouse. Now’s the time to check it out — the Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry will be closed June 7 to Aug. 6 for ramp and terminal maintenance. The w{span}eekday Currituck Ferry Schedule is as follows{/span}:

Currituck departure:

  • 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Return Trip from Knotts Island:

  • 6:50 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-BY-FERRY.


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