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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
252-987-2394
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches
Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
Traveler Description: Pea Island isn't as close to many of the places listed on this site as the mileage notes indicate although they are within 30-45 minutes so refer to... more »
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
32 helpful votes 32 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Indiana
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258 reviews 258 reviews
152 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Walked the path out to the observation deck overlooking the marsh/swamp area opposite of the beach. Lots of cool birds! Great for birders!

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Amsterdam NY
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very easy walk which could be done by anyone, was accessable by wheelchair. great many birds. Wish there were more pictures of the birds in the area for you to match up.

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Manassas va
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182 reviews 182 reviews
83 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Such a beautiful place. Wish I had more time to look around. You should spend some time looking around and taking it all in.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Traveled through on our way to visit the Hatteras Lighthouse. The scenery was fabulous! Dunes on one side and brush on the other. Pelicans flying overhead everywhere! Just lovely!

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