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Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area


Monday through Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

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The Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area is an expansive 265-acre nature preserve located on Bogue Banks, in the small beach community of Pine Knoll Shores, just minutes from Emerald Isle. This natural area protects one of the last remaining maritime forests on the North Carolina coast.

The Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area surrounds the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, one of the area’s most popular attractions. If you’re planning a visit to the aquarium, a hike along the Roosevelt Nature Trail is a great add-on for the entire family.

Roosevelt Nature Trail

The entrance to the Roosevelt Nature Trail is adjacent from the aquarium’s parking lot. Admission to the aquarium is not required to use the trail. The 1.5 mile long trail offers scenic views of the maritime forest and Bogue Sound. Hikers can enjoy bird watching along the trail, as the area provides feeding and nesting grounds for many species of birds.

Make plans to explore this pristine undeveloped nature preserve on your next visit to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.


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Penguin Plunge

Crystal Coast Bridal Fair

Chocolate Festival

Taste of Core Sound

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Emerald Isle Marathon

Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

Beaufort Wooden Boat Show

Bike the Banks Rides

Emerald Isle Bikes and Blooms

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament