Secluded on the barrier islands of the Outer Banks about a mile north of the historic village of Corolla in northeastern North Carolina, the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve provides an exceptional illustration of a low-salinity estuarine system. The reserve consists of 965 acres of wildlife producing a variety of species. There are a multitude of fish species indigenous to the areas sounds and beaches as well as many bird species. This reserve spans from ocean to sound and is accessible from Highway 12 in Corolla. It is open to the public; and is a popular site for birders as it is a part of the North Carolina Birding Trail System.