No matter where you turn, there is something new to discover near Sea Ranch Resort. Our family-friendly Outer Banks resort is located near all the attractions and activities this region is known for. Explore the area by setting off on a self-guided lighthouse tour or seeing how many landmarks you can take photos of. If you’re looking for an adventure that’ll surround you with breathtaking natural beauty, make your way to Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary.

What to Know about the Sanctuary

Drive about 30 minutes to Corolla, and you’ll come across the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary. Found on a small road, the area, also called the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary and Audobon Center, protects over 2,500 acres of marsh, sandy beaches, and upland maritime forest. The land for the preserve was donated in 1979, and Audubon North Carolina took over full management of the campus in 2009.

Today, the sanctuary is still mostly free from development, which allows the birds and wildlife to have a place to thrive without human disturbance. Unlike other natural attractions in the region, this spot is not open to the general public without reservations.

How to Experience Its Natural Beauty

There is countless Outer Banks wildlife to spot, including 170 bird species. You can enjoy the beauty of the Pine Island sanctuary and the animals that call it home without stepping foot on its grounds. 

  • Walk along the 2.5-mile nature trail that follows the old dirt road between Corolla and Duck. This path offers views of twisted Live Oaks and a rare Red Bay Shrub swamp. There are two overlooks on the trail that provide visitors with sweeping views.
  • Another option is to take to the water by booking your spot on a kayak tour. Coastal Kayak provides tours from April through September that take you through the Currituck Sound on an over two-hour outing.


Relax Oceanside at Sea Ranch Resort

People relaxing on the beach after hiking trails near Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary.In addition to natural wonders like the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary, you can enjoy incredible views right from Sea Ranch Resort. Our Kill Devil Hills hotel is located on prime oceanfront property. This means you can start each day listening to waves roll in and go for a walk on the sandy shoreline.

Take advantage of these picturesque views by reserving one of our oceanfront guest rooms or oceanfront condos. No matter which accommodation style you choose, you’ll have a cozy place to call home. Call 252-441-7126 to learn more about our Outer Banks resort or ways to save on your stay.

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