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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: 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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washington DC
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The difference between this serene natural beach and the more populated tourist beaches up north is striking. If you are just driving through, take a few minutes to pull over on the side of the road and take a peek at what is over the embankment (ocean side) you won't be sorry. Take your camera for a few really beautiful... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Take your time. Self-guided. There are some unusual vegetation formations and ponds to explore. Abundant wildlife, coastal scenery, informative markers, interesting visitor center.

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The information center and other reviewers weren't kidding, bug spray is a must. The mosquito swarms were in full force, even though we were there in between two thunderstorms. The beach across from the information center was fantastic, though, even with the rain still sprinkling. Best beach of our entire OBX stay.

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Canton, Ohio, United States
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127 reviews 127 reviews
77 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The people in the nature center were able to answer questions about all of Hatteras, the light houses, Alligator river wildlife area, sea turtles, and the Pea Island. It is a day use beach access point too. You can use spotting scopes to look at birds or take a hike to observe them. The staff was super knowledgeable. They have... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
41 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Our latest trip to Pea Island was for the sole purpose of working on improvement of our shore bird ID skills and as always, Pea Island provided just what we wanted and more. Usually we go to the visitor's center first and take advantage of the paved path that runs between the two ponds. We have always had great luck... More

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Colorado Springs
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a good place to visit if you want an easy hike where you can see many different kinds of birds. Scopes in the visitor center give you a great closeup look at them. The volunteers working in the center were very friendly and helpful. If you go to the Outer Banks I would recommend stopping here.

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Hilliard, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Visitor center had telescopes to look at birds with. Boardwalk to short tower about half a mile but entire trail is about 4 miles and part of that is along the road. First part of boardwalk goes past turtle pond with several species in it. Staff was very friendly and pleasant.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a nice stop along NC 12. There is a Visitors center to acclimate folks with the various flora and fauna of the area, plus an easy trail out to the furthest lookout tower on the southwest corner of the preserve. You can stop along the way to spot the wildlife. There are telescopes you can use to zoom... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A great place to stop for a trip break on HWY12, stretch your legs, walk over to the National Wildlife Visitors Center. Don't forget, sunblock, a hat, binoculars!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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206 reviews 206 reviews
59 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The Pea Island Refuge is sandwiched between two parts of the Hatteras National Seashore. The reserve has a small visitors center with displays discussing the various animals and plants that are found along this portion of the shoreline. There are a couple of short trails that allow you to walk along the scrub brush areas and over to the sound... More

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