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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 #6 of 12 Attractions in Manteo
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
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Owner description: An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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Sterling, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Had a great, although too short a time driving around the refuge. Maps are terrific so you can plan your route and, if you are like me and are seeing it on the way to an ultimate destination, also plan your time. Saw bear scat and met a fellow who gave me directions to where he saw 2 bears in... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Came here with no expectations. I read the reviews here before going and sort of hoped to see a bear. We went in the afternoon which may have been why I didn't see any. But the drive is nice and I did see some herons and a lot of turtles.

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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited on a gloomy afternoon and drove through the refuge. We saw lots of turtles and a few birds but that we the extent. One couple stopped us and told us that on previous trips they had seen black bear, red wolf and a boar and her baby. We were not that fortunate. I will say that the weather... More

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Tennessee
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164 reviews 164 reviews
73 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We came here on night to do the red wolf howling and got eaten up by mosquitos even with bug repellent. This place might be good in the daylight but late in the day and evening it is really bad. The red wolf howling was boring also. I was excited to do it and then I wished I had not... More

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Plain City, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We went to walk along the trails to see what we could find, however, they must have recently had rain as some of the one trail was muddy. We decided to turn around and check out the driving tour instead. Luckily while driving along, we saw a bear, so we sat in the car awhile, watched & took pictures. It... More

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If you get to the refuge before the sun comes up, you will see so much wildlife! Especially bears! My last visit I saw more than 20 bears as they were returning to the woods after their morning jaunts. If you don't see the animals, just take in the shear beauty of the area. Sunrises are fabulous and the butterflies... More

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Indiana
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257 reviews 257 reviews
152 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Came here on a whim - expecting trails. Probably amazing with a canoe/kayak. After about an hour of driving, we called it quits. Next time we'll prepare to enjoy this place

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

All the reviews we read got us excited for wildlife but the most we saw was a couple of turtles. The roads were hard to navigate, we wondered if we were lost a couple of times. I'm sad we didn't get to see anything :(

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Gahanna, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We drove through this refuge during mid-day and thought we may not see to many animals. It was a nice drive and did end of seeing a bear and her cub, deer, a turtle crossing the road and what looked like an otter. We went to hike one of the trails at the refuge, but it had rained for two... More

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Alpine, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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