Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
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mb22727
Madison, VA108 contributions
Relaxing rest break
Aug 2020 • Friends
Wonderful place to stop and relax. While it appears that the fascinating museum Is closed due to COVID 19, visitors can still stroll on the riverside boardwalk and use the restroom facilities. Even though the site is a bit rundown since our last stop 2 years ago , it is a wonderfulP place to escape the car, enjoy a snack of you own , stretch your legs, and/or use the clean rest room facilities. Keep your eye out for the local officials trolling for speeders!
Written August 29, 2020
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dougparsons
Holly Springs, NC256 contributions
Mother Nature at her finest!
Aug 2020 • Couples
A trip into the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is well worth your time. Whether you decide to delve deeply into the park in search of bears, deer, waterfowl or any other of the myriad wildlife residing there, wandering/hiking or walking the trails or boardwalks or enjoying any of the other aspects available, you owe it to yourself to experience this beautiful area.
Written August 1, 2020
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,817 contributions
Wild and hard to get about
Mar 2020
We made a mistake by coming to it through Columbia, NC, and the visitor center at Pettigrew State Park. The ranger there was fairly misinformed about the roads into it and about it. And the roads are not marked even if you have their names, which we did. We wound up on a road that was closed. Fortunately, a small hunter's store was open, and he told us how to avoid the worst road, even though some of the paved roads were a bit rough. All of the roads in the refuge are dirt (I wouldn't go there when it's wet without a four-wheel drive vehicle) and can be closed in places. On one of them in the middle of farm fields, we stopped a truck asking for directions. He told us that farmers had close the road ahead, but if we took the dirt track just to the right, we would see the lake. We did that and came on some thirty Tundra Swans. Worth every minute! The next time, we'll approach the refuge from the south on 264 from the Swan Quarter area,
Written March 12, 2020
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lucy19902015
Virginia Beach, VA118 contributions
Worthwhile Visitor Stop and Great Referral to the Red Wolf Center
Jan 2020
The refuge has a lovely small visitor center and scenic boardwalk trail along the water. A great place to stop. The staff also recommended stopping at the relatively new Red Wolf Center a mile outside Columbia on US Route 64. We were so pleased with their referral as the Red Wolf Center was a very enjoyable and informative place to visit. There are two handsome red wolves there you can see. The staff are very friendly and impart lots of information about this vulnerable wolf population. Highly recommend both places if you are visiting or passing through Columbia, N.C.
Written January 19, 2020
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Mary V
Mechanicsville, VA127 contributions
Drove thru and enjoyed the ride
Oct 2019
We were on a quest to get out to the shore. On our way, we drove through this wildlife refuge. Very picturesque. We saw lots of birds, turtles, and small ground animals.
Written October 15, 2019
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xhighjumper
Henderson, NV111 contributions
Great Rest Area...and more!
Jul 2019
My family of 4 stumbled upon the stop on our way to the Outer Banks. If you are not paying attention you may go right past it, but if you are in need of a break this is the place. The bathrooms were clean, easy parking, great walking trail, and Visitors center where everyone was friendly! Spend as little or as much time as you want until it is time to get back on the road. Just pay attention or you will miss.
Written July 22, 2019
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Curt W
Rio de Janeiro, RJ163 contributions
Amazing
May 2019 • Couples
Dont blink your eyes as you are travelling to or from OBX on 64. This little place is tucked into a rest stop..Visitor center employees were all cheerful and helpful. They have a nice little museum just a stones throw from the visitor center...very detailed information about the reserve...Nice audio visual presentation which is very educational..If you have kids nice place to stop and take a breather...again keep your eyes open or you will drive right on by..Recommend this place
Written May 11, 2019
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TexasCCT
Wilmington, NC6 contributions
Black Bears!
May 2018
My husband and I have visited this refuge many times. It all started several years ago when we saw something on television about black bears in the Appalachian Mountains. I called a wildlife expert in that area, he asked me, "Why in the world would you come all the way out here, when the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has the highest concentration of black bears east of the Mississippi River?" That was 30 years ago. We have taken several bear-seeking trips with friends and family to Columbia, NC or Belhaven, NC for a day or two, staying at local bed & breakfasts. (Make reservations long before you leave home.) Plan to spend at least one long day driving thru the Refuge. The day before your visit, it would be a good idea to start at the Visitor's Center on Hwy 64 for a map and up-to-date information and recommendations. You won't be camping in the refuge. There are no shops, no gas stations inside the refuge. Visitors must leave before dark. Take plenty of water and food (for HUMAN consumption only). Be aware that the roads take a beating after heavy rain, so a low riding sports car would not be a good transportation choice. We've counted anywhere from 0 to a dozen bears in one day. You might also see interesting birds, deer, red wolves, and foxes. If you loving seeing wildlife, in the wild, this is a very good place to visit.
Written December 13, 2018
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D'Wayne H
183 contributions
Fun river walk stop
Jun 2018 • Friends
Great place to stop on the way to the beach and Nags head. You need tostop at the visitors center, wildlife museum, and take a walk along thereviver board walk. We stop here everytime we pass through.
Written June 15, 2018
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TeeWayne
Cary, NC89 contributions
Outstanding natural habital for snow geese, bears and many other wonderful dights
Jan 2018
Took a 2 day visit there awhile back and had a great time. We saw lots of birds, bears and beautiful scenery.
Written April 2, 2018
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