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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
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Owner description: This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Plain City, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a nice trail around a pond where you can see different waterfowl. First you walk over a wooden bridge over a turtle pond. The turtles surfaced once we got to the observation platform. We had around 7 turtles wanting us to feed them. Further up the trail there is another observation platform and the final two-story one at... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Visitors Center is located on the northern side of Hatteras Island. There are stamps available for the National Parks Passport Book here. Also in the visitors center there are telescopes set up for water fowl viewing. There is a half mile easy hike you take as well. Enter the hike at the Charles Kuralt Trail and shortly there after... More

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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Each time I travel to the Outer Banks, Pea Island is a must visit for me as I love to gather shells. In my opinion this region is the best for finding shells as they are plentiful here. There is also a ship wreck just over the dune at the main entrance across from the visitors center parking lot, which... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you're not a birder outfitted with your own binoculars, you might have a better time doing something else. One recent Sunday afternoon, I visited with my adult children. We checked out the visitor center and took the mile long round trip North Pond Hiking Trail. We tried unsuccessfully to find the Salt Flats Trail at the north end of... More

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