Surf the swells along the coast, paddle along the Roanoke River, and explore OBX’s coastal maritime forests. This impressive beach destination combines the striking beauty of the barrier islands with the island’s’ rich colonial history. Adventurer seekers can retrace the steps of the Wright brothers, climb to the top of the scenic lighthouse on Cape Hatteras, play on the largest sand dunes on the East Coast, and embark on an overnight kayak through pristine salt marshes. Nature lovers will enjoy the 130+ miles of pristine coastline and a variety of unique and important ecosystems including: intertidal dunes, maritime forests, shrub thickets, and freshwater and brackish marshes. These ecosystems support a wide variety of wildlife including rare and endangered species like Piper Plovers and sea turtles.
Join us as we explore fishing villages, discover local folklore, and delight in the allure of these mysterious islands – once home to legendary pirates and vanishing colonial tribes.
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Learn more about the Road Less Traveled environmental service and adventure trip North Carolina: Outer Banks
While in the Outer Banks, we stay in tents at a picturesque campground on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Located just a short walk from the dunes and the lullaby of crashing waves, our camp ground provides us with the ultimate basecamp for surfing the world-renowned waves, heading into town, climbing lighthouses, and our environmental volunteer work just over the bridge.
Taking a break from our service projects, we paddle down the Roanoke River, luxuriate in the pristine Blue Mountain waters and watch the great American Bass dance beneath our kayaks. Camping out on on riverside platforms, we listen to the sounds of 214+ migratory birds as they fly overhead and learn about the river's rich colonial history and lost colony. Making our way out into the Ablemarle Sound, we paddle through the salt-water playground and into a series of estuaries and and quiet streams that wind deep into the heart of North Carolina.
Our favorite part about the Outer Banks program is that it provides young travelers with the opportunity to make connections with well-known environmental organizations and conservation specialists. Partnering with organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, the Roanoke Aquarium, and the Alligator Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), students are exposed to a variety of leading environmental professionals and innovative ideas. While at the Roanoke Aquarium, we work on projects such as otter curriculum enrichment, otter hammock weaving, sea turtle enrichment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to work at a leading conservation aquarium. Our projects with the Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service depend on the needs of the organization at the time, but typically involve trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and/or environmental education initiatives. We can't think of a better way to get involved with environmental conservation than alongside these top-notch organizations.
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The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To grab your paddle and sea kayak on an overnight adventure down the Roanoke River
To hike atop the east coast’s highest sand dunes and gaze out at an epic sunset at Jockey’s Ridge
To ponder the island’s mysterious colonial history and keep your eyes peeled for wild horses
To help preserve some of the nation’s most unique coastal ecosystems through environmental community service with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and The Roanoke Aquarium
To climb the iconic black and white lighthouse at Cape Hatteras
To surf legendary waves at Ocracoke Island
Swim in the largest lagoon on the east coast at Palimico Sound
Explore Pea Island National Wildlife refuge and converse with professionals in the fields of Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Natural Resources and Conservation
Harness in and challenge yourself on an aerial adventure course
We invite you to start your journey to North Carolina today.