We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
Website
Description:

This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types...

This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 169 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 104
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Undeveloped and wonderful

I wish more beaches were like this. You feel like this is the way the beach looked hundreds of years ago before the hotels, shops, and everything else the ruins the nature feel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
James B
,
Meadowview, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 168: English reviews
Meadowview, Virginia
Level Contributor
85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wish more beaches were like this. You feel like this is the way the beach looked hundreds of years ago before the hotels, shops, and everything else the ruins the nature feel. You may not like it, but thankfully this is undeveloped and beautiful.

Helpful?
Thank James B
Suffolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
91 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You will learn a lot about the Banks here and it is a good place to visit regardless of the season. Lots of local wild and plant life to enjoy.

Helpful?
Thank oldhokie702016
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this place while driving and exploring. After our first week on OBX, this might be one of our favorite experiences. The volunteers are friendly, you can walk a boardwalk out to see wildlife, there is a 4 mile loop if you want to hike and see nature, they have a great gift shop, and telescopes in the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank AHSRF1
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovelly Natural resources that must be experienced. Just park on the side of the road and explore: walk the beach; run into the Atlantic; explore the sand dunes. We would always go back.

Helpful?
Thank Helena L
Ashland, Virginia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to Pea Island ever since I was a little kid, when we called it the "turtle bridge." For years, my favorite part was seeing the many turtles underneath the bridge in a little pond. However, in recent years, the brush around the area has been cleared out and there seem to be fewer turtles. In addition,... More 

Helpful?
Thank K1715
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We love coming to Pea Island for the wonderful quiet beach and easy access. It is never crowded and we usually just park along the side of the road and look for an access trail through the dunes. We usually have the beach all to ourselves. An occasional ranger may drive through but its a rare occurence. The beach is... More 

Helpful?
Thank naturist1234
Port Clinton, Ohio
Level Contributor
138 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We always stop here, sometimes more than once on our visits. We have been coming to Cape Hatteras for 40 years.

Helpful?
Thank Bob R
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level Contributor
43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I'm reluctant to let people know about this great wilderness gem on the Outer Banks for fear it will get as crowded as other spots, robbing it of what makes it special. The PINWR commands a length of the northern section of Hatteras Island and is free to visit. Though the mosquitoes can be nasty, the walk through the arbor... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ellen B
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
111 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

If you are interested in or into bird watching, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is the spot to be in the Outer Banks. A protected habitat for migratory birds, you'll find an amazing variety of birds throughout the year. During our trip, our guide helped us spot multiple rare birds and offered a wonderful education on the area and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barb W
Level Contributor
64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

At certain times of the year the refuge is a good place for birders. It is mid May as I write this and the bird population is fairly low. The migrants have moved on. There are many shorebirds along the edge of the ponds along with the resident population of Canada Geese. It's a great place to go for a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Truckie351

Travelers who viewed Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge also viewed

 

Been to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?