Nags Head Woods is a unique deciduous maritime forest. This forest is characterized by hardwood tree species that don't normally grow on barrier islands.
Nags Head Woods, Sweet Pignut Hickory
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An interesting fact about maritime forests is that, while they are similar in many regards, each forest has unique features that distinguish them from other dune woodlands. This ancient pignut hickory at Nags Head Woods is not typically seen on barrier islands. Other less common hardwoods at Nags Head Woods are southern red oak, American beech and flowering dogwood. Here, you have a natural community that has an inland deciduous hardwood look just minutes from the beaches of the Outer Banks.