The northernmost site of the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Currituck Banks Reserve encompasses 965 acres of ocean beach, sand dunes, grasslands, shrub thicket, maritime forest, brackish and freshwater marshes, tidal flats, and subtidal soft bottoms. Currituck Banks Reserve is bordered by the Currituck Sound on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
A great outdoor activity for nature lovers and hikers, the handicap-accessible boardwalk trail takes visitors along the marshy areas of the Currituck Outer Banks. Identify the various types of flora indigenous to the area; the trail is ideal for birdwatchers, too. At the end of the trail, the forest opens up to an amazing view of the Currituck Sound.