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Environmental Overlook Trails
3003 E. Oak Island Dr.
Oak Island, NC

(910) 278-5515

If you like wandering and looking for wildlife, these trails are for you. The Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden is located on the trail behind the Recreation Center at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive. There are elevated platforms overlooking the path, which includes indigenous trees and flowers and plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. At the east end of 31st Street (next to the Recreation Center) is Tidal Waves Park, where you will find a small picnic shelter near the floating dock, which can be used for launching canoes and kayaks. Canoe/kayak trail maps are available at the center. The Environment Crossover crosses the Davis Canal, giving an elevated view of the canal and the wetlands on either side. The trail winds through the trees to the other side of the island, and a crossover walk leads to the ocean side, giving a closer view of the salt marsh. Wildlife, such as snakes, raccoons, deer and various birds, make their appearances here. The Town of Oak Island also preserves land at the west end of Oak Island. Paths wander through the dunes and stop at overlook points where you may chance to see red fox, black snakes, fiddler crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, raccoons or several species of shorebirds.

 

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