Senior woman walking along pier looking out at Shallowbay Bay in Manteo, NC.

Celebrating National Hiking Day

Celebrated on November 17, National Hiking Day allows us to take time to get out, get active, and enjoy nature. From the coastal Algonquin Indians that first lived on Roanoke Island to today’s watermen, enjoying and exploring the natural world has always been a part of the heritage and history of the Outer Banks. 

Fun Facts about Hiking

  • There are over 60,000 miles of trails in the United States
  • Hiking for an hour can burn roughly 550 calories and has many health benefits
  • Hiking can boost your mood. "Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."

Trails at Roanoke Island Festival Park

You can observe National Hiking Day at the park by visiting our grounds. Scenic and handicap accessible, the following trails are waiting for you to explore. 

The Boardwalk

Waterfront boardwalk along Shallowbag Bay at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, NC.

The park’s boardwalk is less than a mile long and offers scenic waterfront views of Shallowbag Bay. You may see a kayaker drifting by, native birds flying, and surrounding vegetation swaying in the breeze.

The Pavilion Grounds

Aerial view of the Pavilion grounds at Roanoke Island Festival Park

When there isn’t an event taking place, the pavilion grounds are open for hiking. The walkway around the grounds offers a smooth path for those that need more stable ground. Take in the waterfront views and enjoy the mature trees and landscaping. 

Festival Park's Outdoor Historic Venues

Waterfront view of the Elizabeth II ship and boardwalk at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Take a hike through history when you explore our historic venues. Make the trip from our Ticket Sales venue, through American Indian Town, visit the Elizabeth II, explore the Settlement Site, and follow the pathway to the Museum Store. Soak up the history, nature, and coastal landscape during your hike. 

Trails & Activities Across the State

If you’re away from Roanoke Island on National Hiking Day, visit NC PATH to discover trails, parks, and outdoor activities in North Carolina. Parks and Trails for Health – PATH – is a new initiative from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to encourage physical activity in North Carolina’s parks, greenways, and other outdoor spaces. PATH connects people to nature by promoting physical activity, fostering an appreciation for the life-sustaining role of parks and natural areas, promoting diverse experiences and voices in the outdoors, and helping people lead healthier and happier lives.

Happy trails!