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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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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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We saw lots of Turtle and a few bears

We went there toward the end of the day (around 5:30pm or 6pm in the summer). People said it was the best time to go. We drove around. There were only 2 cars in the park at that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Pananya K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went there toward the end of the day (around 5:30pm or 6pm in the summer). People said it was the best time to go. We drove around. There were only 2 cars in the park at that time. Without a lot of noises from the engine, we saw snake and many turtles. However, a bit later, there were more... More 

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Thank Pananya K
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I think the problem was that we went in December. It was very warm though (high 60s). We didn't see a living thing other than the swan and ducks... It was prime time for them. Also, I thought that the paths could have been longer. The education and visitors center was lovely though.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

We arrived at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail kiosk on entry into Millltail Rd off Route 64 to pick up a map for the Wildlife Drive. We saw turtles, birds, different types of plants, and was looking for the elusive black bear. And finally we caught sight of it on top a tree. Well worth the 1-2 hours drive in... More 

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Laurel, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

But did see a Black Bear ! And went on a mile long trail that was beautiful and peaceful! A little off the beaten path but so worth the drive!

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Nice drive looking for wildlife. We were fortunate enough to get to see a black bear. Keep an eye open for the road markings, can be hard to see.

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Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Went on kayak tour with group of other tourists in the refuge. Spent two hours paddling amongst the murky waters and almost spooky forests/swamps. Tour guide was great, providing much historical and environmental information. Actually saw alligator upclose along with many other swamp-type creatures. Wonderful location and experience.

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Thank CRLretired
Mid-Atlantic Region
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We did two of the evening tours at the Alligator River Refuge -- one to see the bears, and one to hear the red wolves howl. One tour was right after the other, so it made for an interesting night. Before each tour (in which you follow the guides in your own cars) employees from the Refuge give presentations at... More 

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Lyndonville, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Had a great visit to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. During our trip through the refuge we were able to see the mother bear and her two cubs! Got some great photos! We have been hearing about them since last year! Great place to get back to nature!

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Thank Leo B
Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

My daughter and I arrived shortly after daybreak, around 6:30. We saw only 2 other cars and believe it or not there were 2 joggers and 2 people riding bikes. We drove up and down the different roads and saw around 10 bears. It was pretty amazing!! We were too scared to turn engine off and just sit so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Great free place to spot wildlife. My husband and I saw 3 alligators and 2 birds. The weather wasn't great but it was free so who can complain.

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