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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
Owner description: This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
Owner description: This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Springfield, VA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We drove down to Pea Island and found a very cool place to drive through and look at wildlife. The visitors center is small but full of information and great spotting scopes that you can use to see wildlife. Even in the cold weather there were beautiful Tundra Swans, Snow geese, brightly colored Northern Shovelers, blue herons and more. There... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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246 reviews 246 reviews
54 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We parked at the visitor center in their small lot and walked the trail atop the levee between the two ponds. It is a beautiful and well maintained trail. We supposed that the trail along the northern side of the pond was equally nice, but it was closed. The birding when we visited at 11am and again at sunset was... More 

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Tennessee
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184 reviews 184 reviews
77 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed walking around this area except for most of the area is in the sun. Their is a visitor shop but the bathrooms are over on the other side of the parking area from the visitor center. We got lots of pictures of wildlife. We then drove back toward Nags Head to another section. Both are... More 

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Frederick
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515 reviews 515 reviews
259 attraction reviews
267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a lovely stop after a fun, scenic bridge that connects the island to the Cape Hatteras area. It comes up abruptly off of a one lane each way road so be prepared. There also needs to be some sort of shoulder on either side to stop or to turn around on. I made the mistake of entering the... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Pea Island is a wonderful bird refuge located on Hatteras Island. The visitor center is a good place to start. There is information about the bird species seen in the park and a map of the available trails.

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Columbus, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Located along the Coastal Route of Atlantic Flyway Migration. We visited the last week of October. Tundra swans were beginning to show up in large numbers. We saw at least 20 pair. We saw large flocks of American White Penguins (a marvel to see them grouped together while feeding), several Great Blue Herons, snowy egrets, ducks, Canadian geese, and osprey.... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Wish we would have had a lot more time to walk around and see all the birds. Give yourself a couple of hours as they are several places to stop and walk around. Bathrooms outside need workable water faucets! They do have working toilets!!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We arrived at daybreak in mid-October and walked out to the far observation tower. Wow! Perfect! Hundreds and hundreds of water fowl arriving, settling, then resetting....It was fantastic. Here are a few hints... *Try to arrive just before sunrise..it's an easy walk out on the dike and yes you can easily carry a mug or thermos of coffee! It's worth... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The first time my sister and I visited Pea Island beaches it felt like something from Gilligan's Island. NOBODY there, totally deserted except for the two of us. Total adventure and I've taken guests to this beach each time I have visitors and we travel to Outer Banks. Be sure to take bug spray because the black flies like to... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Good parking, easy access. Great visitors center with helpful staff. Nice spotting scopes set up for viewing. Good trails to viewing stations.

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