Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Buxton Woods Trail (12-30-13)
Buxton Woods comprises the largest stretch of naturally forested land on the Outer Banks. While much of the thin strip of land known as the Outer Banks is far to narrow and exposed to support plant life larger than beach grasses the wider 'elbow' of land at Cape Hatteras provides enough of a buffer for tall shrubs and even trees. Here a mixture of Red Cedar, hornbeam, loblolly pines, dogwoods, and dwarf palmettos amongst others eek out a living atop ancient dunes of this ever-changing landscape.
Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, I had been to Buxton Woods once before. That day had been dreary and I decided I'd wait until next time when photo ops might be a bit better. Well, the changeable weather of the Outer Banks frustrated me again on this day as we had enjoyed clear, sunny skies the entire morning only to have the clouds roll in shortly before reaching the cape. I figured, despite the clouds, I better just suck it up and take a few pictures as I don't really know how long it will be until my next visit. Thus, the album is a bit drab but hopefully it still shares a bit of what makes this little trail so unique. Most people go to the Outer Banks for the beaches but few go there looking for the forest, they're missing out...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.252810, -75.528875
Route Type: Loop Difficulty: EASY
Mileage Hiked: 1.0 miles Hike Duration: 0:30
Trailhead Temp: 55'F Trail Traffic: 1-5 people
Min. Elevation: 0' Max. Elevation: 15'
Trails Used (blaze color): Buxton Woods Trail (unblazed)