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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, P.O. Box 1969, 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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Bears !!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

If you're wanting to see some wildlife this is the place to go! We seen multiple bear out and about while we were here. Try to get there early in the morning or later in the evening when they are really active. The biting flies are out really bad now and no amount of bug spray will stop them. I... More 

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

We got to the refuge in late morning the last week of May and walked the trail at the end of the gravel road. This was the most dense population of breeding Prothnootary Warlers I've ever encountered. There were many species to observe along a well-kept trail and boardwalk. We had only a few insects. On the way out, we... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The land isn't so much to look at, scrubby coastal forest broken up by large agricultural fields, but that's not really the point. This is now on my list as one of the best places to see wild black bears. There is also an abundance of birds including woodpeckers, prothonotary warblers, wild turkeys, and owls, and the place is crawling... More 

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Joppa, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

So my wife and I always wanted to stop here on our way to OBX but it seems it always went by so quickly that I never saw it. This year I searched it out and finally found where to turn (Buffalo City Road) and am glad we did. We stopped at the end of the gravel road and parked... More 

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grimesland, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We saw a lot of bugs, butterflies and turtles but no bears. We were there around 11am. We saw what looked like an otter off in the distance but splashed away before we could get a closer look. Enjoyed the audio tour to help us know what we were looking at as well.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Visited Alligator River 4 times during the first week of May as part of a three-refuge vacation. Observed butterflies, egrets, a great crested flycatcher, mourning dove, prairie warblers, prothonotary warblers, great blue herons, turkey vultures, deer, catbirds, Carolina wren, cormorants, kingbirds, mockingbird, an American black duck out with her offspring and bears. The refuge staff is helping me with the... More 

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Address: Route 64/264, P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-1131
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Roanoke Island  >  Manteo

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