Friday, June 28, 2013

Nags Head Woods Preserve

Today Noelle, Sierra, Mom, Dad and I headed out for a short hike at the Nature Conservancy's Nags Head Woods Preserve. We decided to hike the Roanoke Trail which leads through the woods to Roanoke Sound. We followed a sandy road for a short distance before heading into the woods on the narrow trail.
Eric, Sierra and Grandpa
We passed by several small shallow ponds
Woods and Pond
and then came to a road crossing.

On the other side of the road was a small cemetery belonging to the Tillitt family. There were several very interesting old headstones, some dating back to the 1700's.
Dolly Tillitt Grave
Samuel Tillitt Grave
Thomas Tillett Grave
After exploring the cemetery we moved further down the trail.
Boardwalk
We came to an old tree with a huge trunk.
Noelle and Big Tree
Nearby the tree were the ruins of the Tillitt home. All that was left were a few sections of brick foundation.
Foundation
From the house ruins we headed towards the sound, passing through a grassy wetland on a boardwalk.
Sea of Grass
When we arrived at the sound we saw a small crab
Crab
in the sand near the water's edge and took a few family photos there.
At the Sound
Then we retraced our steps back to the parking lot and visitor center. There were two interpreters showing off some of the natural curiosities of the preserve, including a rat snake.
Rat Snake
After checking them out we got back into the car and headed home.           

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