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Gull Rock Game Land
Excellent wetland habitats, including brackish marshes, low and high pocosin bogs, bald cypress stands, pond pine woodlands, and hardwood forested flats.
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Nags Head Woods
Description: Spectacular assemblage of mature maritime forests, relict sand dunes, freshwater ponds, pine-covered hummocks, and expanses of fresh and brackins barshes provide habitats for a great variety of animal life. Sheltered old-growth forest is dominated by large hardwood trees.

Wildlife to Watch: Numerous hawks, songbirds, including the beautiful prothonotary warbler, wood ducks, and wading birds. Look for pileated and other woodpeckers. Important refuge for migrant songbirds in both fall and spring. Deer, otter, muskrats, and other mammals roam the woods. Ponds harbor reptiles and amphibians including marbled and red-backed salamanders, pine woods snake, and many turtles.

Special Tips: Preserve open limited hours; check first by calling (919) 441-2525.

Other Activities: Numerous self-guided nature trails within the preserve. Trail information available at preserve visitor center.

Ownership: The Nature Conservancy 
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Prothonotary Warbler - photo by USFWS
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Nags Head Woods : Wildlife Viewing Area