Enjoy 30.5 miles of hiking/biking adventures on the Itusi Trails. The Itusi trail is comprised of 8 loops which range from 1.0 to 9.75 miles in distance. All of these are considered easy to moderate, with the exception of Laurel Loop which is considered more moderate. Feel free to experiment with a shorter loop or test your endurance on the monster trail, either way, it will be venture to remember!
The trail runs along the shoreline of Lake James to the mouth of Paddy's Creek. It is mostly flat with a few rolling sections. This trail runs through mature forest.
The trail follows the shoreline of Lake James and Paddy's Creek through rolling terrain. Almost all of the trail is shaded under a mature, forest canopy.
The trail passes through bay forest as well as sand ridge communities and ends at the shore of Salters Lake.
Part of the Bay Trail, Cedar Loop offers a one-mile journey through both the bay forest and sand ridge communities.
A short loop through the park's maritime shrub thicket. This area of the park has been sheltered from the strong northeast winds by the height of the dunes. As a result, the plant communities may differ from other areas of the park. Easy access to the dunes or the Roanoke Sound to explore more of the park.
A short option for a partial view of the dunes. The 360 feet of boardwalk begins just behind the visitor center and leads to a deck with benches. Along the way, live oak branches curve overhead and wildlife tracks are often seen. There is easy access to continue exploring the dunes or to just enjoy the view of ephemeral pools and coastal dunes offered at the end of the boardwalk.
Take a leisurely stroll around the 6-acre Robins Nest Lake. This easy trail follows the shoreline and offers an opportunity spot migrating water fowl, songbirds and local wildlife.