Outer Banks Running, Walking and Hiking Activities

Runners rejoice! The Outer Banks is a runner’s haven with its many nature trails, marathons and bike trails that joggers and cyclists share. We've become known for our annual marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and 5K races. If you aren’t a runner, it’s okay; there are plenty of spots where you can take a pleasant walk or scenic hike. You might even choose to do all three – Outer Banks running, walking and hiking activities are quite complementary. Boardwalks, bike trails and nature trails weave you through woods, dunes, beaches and marshes. You could become so absorbed by the view that it easily turns a few meters into a few miles. Hiking may not seem like a common activity to associate with the beach, but if you visit any of the nature preserves, wildlife refuges or other reserves, you might be drawn to spend hours exploring this coastal wonderland. Check out the listings below to see what Outer Banks running, walking and hiking activities you can participate in during your vacation.


Outer Banks Things To Do by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Things To Do by Category

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Outer Banks Running, Walking & Hiking
Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-1131

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion of Dare and Hyde counties. It was established in 1984 to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type, the pocosin, and its associated wildlife species. Pocosin is a Native American word meaning ‘‘swamp-on-a-hill’’ and is characterized by poorly drained soils high in organic material. The refuge's diversity of habitat... read more

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion... read more

Duck Town Park

Outer Banks Running, Walking & Hiking
1200 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 255-1286

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This fabulous 11-acre soundside green space is tucked inside the Village of Duck. The soundside boardwalk extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound and connects the town’s commercial village area. Park amenities include an amphitheater, the Town Green, a playground, a public kayak/canoe launch, a crabbing area, a picnic shelter, walking trails through the... read more

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This fabulous 11-acre soundside green... read more

Outer Banks Family YMCA

Outer Banks Running, Walking & Hiking
3000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 449-8897

This 28,000-square-foot facility offers a 25-meter indoor lap pool and a wellness center with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment. You'll enjoy more than 80 group exercise classes including TRX, cycle, yoga, Barre, Zumba and more. Aquatic classes are also available, and you'll find racquetball courts and a full-court gymnasium for pickleball, basketball, soccer and volleyball. After your workout, enjoy the dry saunas and hot tub.... read more

This 28,000-square-foot facility offers a 25-meter indoor lap pool and a wellness center with state-of-the-art... read more

Outer Banks Sporting Events

Outer Banks Running, Walking & Hiking
2234 S. Lark Avenue, Nags Head
(252) 255-6273

Outer Banks Sporting Events is an event-planning nonprofit that organizes multiple fitness events throughout the year. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of these events supports two Outer Banks nonprofits – Outer Banks Relief Foundation and Dare Education Foundation – and this is why the slogan of Outer Banks Sporting Events is Run for a Reason. Outer Banks Sporting Events hosts races: Running of... read more

Outer Banks Sporting Events is an event-planning nonprofit that organizes multiple fitness events throughout the... read more

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Outer Banks Running, Walking & Hiking
1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1500

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured through Indian Town, the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to show and tell how the first settlers lived worked and played on... read more

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre... read more