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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: Nature & wildlife areas, Beaches, 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: Nature & wildlife areas, Beaches, 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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Richmond, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Spot to stop and see the birds. This is an amazing place and you will be well served to chat with the volunteers in the gift shop as well as use the scopes that conveniently allow for birding. There is a lovely walk out by the water and wildlife is abundant in the water and sky. I never grow tired... More 

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Forest, VA
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29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stopped here February 11, 2015 amidst brutal wind, and temps in the 20's and 30's. We had our hoods and hats tightly on our heads. We could barley walk in the wind, but just HAD to see the waterfowl that were out on the marshes. It was completely delightful walking through the live oak hedges to the viewing spots.... More 

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asheville,nc
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160 reviews 160 reviews
31 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Great place to take a walk. No houses. Lots of wildlife in the winter with nesting birds. I was there in the winter so lots of birders out looking for wildlife.

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Springfield, VA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
56 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
78 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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
271 helpful votes 271 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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