Pond on the west side of Kitty Hawk Park. Proposed trail will have to crosse swamp and open marsh to connect with Kitty Hawk Woods.

Pond on the west side of Kitty Hawk Park. Proposed trail will have to crosse swamp and open marsh to connect with Kitty Hawk Woods.

Of all the towns on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk has the most greens space. The 1900 acre Kitty Hawk Reserve Maritime Forest is completely within its boundaries.

A $69,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Natural Cultural Resources will help to make that sense open green space and wilderness even more a part of the town.

Kitty Hawk Park is a Dare County Park on West Kitty Hawk Road. A fantastic skatepark, a picnic pavilion and dog park are all part of the facility. Parallel to the park, and little to the west is the Kitty Hawk Reserve Birch Lane Trail.

Right now there is no way to get from the Kitty Hawk Park to the trail. The $69,000 grant, combined with a $46,000 grant from the Outer Banks Tourism Bureau, will make that happen.

The trail will be about 500’ long, creating a tail head at Kitty Hawk Park.

Why $106,000 to more Green Space

For anyone wondering why it would coast approximately $106,000 to build a 500’ trail, the answer is what that trail will be crossing. The 500’ between the park and the trail is swamp, open marsh, and wetland. Much of the path will have to be elevated.

Even when the connector is completed, and at this point the engineering studies have not yet been done, there will still be work needed on the Birch Lane Trail.

Coming from Birch Lane at the north trail head, the trail is completely cut off by a deadfall of trees. That will have to be cleared to make the trail completely accessible.

Nonetheless, the grant is a fantastic boon to a town that has taken the lead locally in championing green space for residents and visitors.

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