Emerald Isle Woods Park is located along Coast Guard Road. The sound side park is 41-acres and features walking trails, natural birding trails and boardwalk access to Bogue Sound with a floating dock and kayak launch. The park is dog-friendly; just make sure to bring a leash.
The Emerald Isle Woods Park trail is rated easy to moderate with some inclines and declines. Currently, a half mile is open to the public to explore, with additional nature trails in the planning stage. Bring your camera as you may see white-tailed deer, osprey, egrets, wading birds, woodpeckers and other shore birds.