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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Route 64/264, P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1131
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Manteo
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
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Alpine, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours driving around the NWR looking for bears. We saw 8 or 9, including two that had climbed nearly to the top of a tree. A very pleasant way to spend the evening.

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Edenton, North Carolina
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161 reviews 161 reviews
7 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This is a WILDLIFE REFUGE. The wildlife come and go as they please. They aren't going to appear on a whim in front of you because your tourists demand to see a bear or a gator. They'll show if choose to. Also, don't dare attempt going off road without 4 wheel drive. No, NOT AWD--that's different. 4WD. It's not negotiable,... More

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Forest, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife and I were really hoping to see bears and drove around for about an hour and a half and only saw a few birds. We went a little before sunset and drove to the roads where most people said the bears are usually spotted, but no luck. The roads were in a little worse condition than we expected... More

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Manassas va
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176 reviews 176 reviews
83 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Maybe I drove around the wrong time but we didn't see anything but grass. Wasn't sure where to even drive to. Drove around for an hour didn't see anything.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

As I predicted in November, Fished Out & Back, April 8 & 11 for a Kitty Hawk condo stay. Five of us had a 10 April Fish Fry using the Out catch plus one OBX Spot. The Back catch was just as rewarding and I cleaned, filleted & froze that batch for later at home.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have always wanted to see a bear in the wild and so far I haven't driven through Alligator River without seeing a bear. I'd give Alligator River an excellent rating but I have a few concerns. I visited twice. The first time I saw a dead bear, the second time we saw a dying cub who had just been... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I will not repeat myself extolling the virtues of the paved wheelchair-accessible trail with a mobile guide. Tripadvisor will show my previous reviews of the place. I will repeat myself saying that I never saw bears there. The idea is to drive in, looking for a field where bears like to feed. The best spot (shown on one of the... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have only driven through here briefly on our way to the Outer Banks. We never saw a bear except for once but this was south of the refuge on 264 near Swan Quarter. We were on our way home from the OBX one night and barely side swiped a bear thar came out of the pitch black night and... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Saw a few bears. Went after dinner. Saw most bears after dusk. Easy to find. Very muddy! My family really enjoyed searching for the different wildlife. Well worth the drive.

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Fairfield, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We drove to the park at 5:30pm with a goal specifically to see bears. We saw a few alligators and turtles right at the entrance. We also saw a few Osprey and owls during the drive. But of course we came for the bears. And sure enough we saw several. 1 standing next to road, 1 in tree next to... More

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