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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-1131
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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Awesome refuge full of bears!

We visited in august 2015 we got there mid day and it was hot we drove many of the dirt roads looking for alligators and bears but no luck. Came back at 5pm and we saw 5 bears... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Cumberland, Virginia
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Cumberland, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We visited in august 2015 we got there mid day and it was hot we drove many of the dirt roads looking for alligators and bears but no luck. Came back at 5pm and we saw 5 bears within 30 minutes one was a mama bear with 2 cubs on bear rd go figure.we saw 2 water moccasins but no... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

First and foremost... Stop at the welcome center in manteo past fort Raleigh and the staff will show you where to go, where to look for wildlife, etc. The staff are part of the non profit that help the park maintain. DON'T pay for a tour. The main roads are gravel and passable by most private vehicles. Heeding advice of... More 

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Greensboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We took the tram ride through the refuge. Weather was perfect and we saw many black bears, a cotton mouth snake on the road eating a frog, heard all the sounds of nature including frogs and birds. Our tour guides were most informative. We did not see any alligators-maybe next time if we take the canoe tour.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We didn't realize, all these years we've been coming to OBX, that there were wildlife trails and gravel roads crisscrossing the Refuge, so after our first drive-by (on a hot afternoon day no less) 8 years ago, having seen nothing but marsh vegetation, we wrote the place off. Late into our vacation I decided to read up more on it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Definitely tons of wildlife and especially North Carolina Black Bear we got to see a female with a cub! Snakes, alligators, turtles, and more! Keep your eyes open and be very quiet!

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Ouray, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Boy did we see the BEARS!!! We visited two times and both times we saw many bears and a few deer. I have been to the OBX a few times and this was the first time to visit. It is so worth it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We enjoyed the refuge which has the most amount of bears in the area due to the fact Manteo is an island and they have survived on the refuge. We saw a black bear walking across a field and then having a dip in a drainage ditch. The Alligator River refuge is not at the Visitor centre but they will... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

After getting info at Refuge Center in Manteo, went on tram tour with two young women interns who were very knowledgeable. Saw raccoons, killdeer, heron, deer and last but not least three bear, including one very large male. A must if you are in Manteo or vicinity.

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Smithfield, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We went on a bear watching visit to ARNWR last year and saw 11 bears in a two mile stretch. After raving about it for days on this trip to the OBX, we took some house guests there last night, only to find that the field that was wide open last year had a corn crop there this year. No... More 

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East Palestine, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I was so pumped up to hopefully find some bears and alligators at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. We were driving around for at least 3 hours and did not see either. We saw a lot of dear flies though! I think the bears weren't out because we went in the afternoon, about 1:00. But hey, it was something different... More 

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