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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
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Activities: Birdwatching, Fishing
Description: This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250...
This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Provides the Full Flavor of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

There are not many turn outs along the roadside to view the beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Much of the beach access is not accessible to the public according to signs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There are not many turn outs along the roadside to view the beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Much of the beach access is not accessible to the public according to signs which protect the wildlife. Pea Island immerses you into the local wildlife refuge. A walkway to a lookout tower is well worth it. You will see any number... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

What a beautiful beach and wow, seashells are everywhere. We left with enough for the whole family and some friends. Forget the gift shops, we got the real thing. Plus I got a beautiful pic of the sunset over the ocean on the other side of the island since it is such a narrow island.

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Berkeley, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A friend and I were on a birdwatching trip and stayed in the Hatteras area for four days. I am from Northern California, so it's hard to beat my home coast for the beauty of the landscape and the quality of the birding. But Pea Island offered a suite of birds I do not normally see at home. When we... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Pea Island refuge is worth stopping at and walking down 1 of the boardwalks and then stopping to look and listen. We saw lots of birds and had fun.

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Danville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We visited the beach here on a weekday morning for grandchildren to look for shells. We couldn't believe what we found. As far as we could see up and down the beach there wasn't another soul. I didn't think there was any place like that left on the Atlantic coast. There was a roped off section where sea turtles were... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Beautiful nature area on Pea Island. There is a visitor Center with staff to answer questions, spotting scopes for the public to use, and a very nice gift shop. We were there to look for birds and found plenty of species. Be sure to stop.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The walk along the marsh was interesting but buggy. Make sure you put on "bug & sun" to protect yourself. Take water. There is no sink in the bathroom. Saw very few different birds, even though it was low tide. Maybe an early morning walk would provide more birds. The redwing blackbirds were a cheerful sight.

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Bonnie S, Public Relations Manager at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting Pea Island Refuge! I'm so sorry you didn't see lots of birds. Often, when we are miserable, so are the birds, so if it was miserably hot, the birds were likely trying to find shade (we don't have much shade at Pea Island) or other cool places to rest. Remember early morning or later in... More 

Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We were here at the end of May. We parked along Hwy. 12 and watched shorebirds at South Pond. Among them were Red-necked Phalarope. Willet, Dunlin and Semipalnated Plover. We then walked the nature trail along North Pond. We watched a Clapper Rail in the pond west of the trail's end. Singing Seaside Sparrows and several easily seen species made... More 

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Lyndonville, Vermont
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

They have a great visitors center and nature walk. We have stopped for the past three years and really enjoy every visit. The visitor center staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Really great to chat with! Definitely worth a visit when in the area.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great visitor center and very knowledgeable staff. Great gift shop and nice displays of local birds and animals. Binoculars available for check out, take on nature hike around large ponds or walk across Rte 12 and see the shipwreck steamer still sticking up out of the water. We spent about 2 hours here. Also at low tide, best place to... More 

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Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island

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