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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
Phone Number: 17048756521
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find...

Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find on your walk around the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail? Over 30 species of raptors and other birds of prey are featured on this walk on the wild side. Owls and Vultures. Hawks and Eagles. Falcons, Corvids and other species that just don't fall into any of these categories. Have you seen a Bald Eagle up close? The Raptor Trail features a nesting pair of Bald Eagles who live out back in the Eagle Aviary. Our Spectacled Owl just can't wait to tell you what she thinks about living here at CRC, but you might have to listen carefully to what she has to say - she's a shy one. Did you know that Vultures and Corvids are some of the smartest birds around. No bird brains here! Lots of human mythology surrounds both of these families of avian brainiacs. Crows have been known to drop nuts into crosswalks so that cars can crack them and then wait for the light to change and retrieve the goodies! Behind the scenes at CRC is our Raptor Hospital, where we see approximately 900 raptor patients a year (please no songbirds or possums!). If you can't make our behind the scenes tour, don't worry, the exhibit "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital" will show you what goes on there - day and night.

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Went to Latta Plantation, spent most of the time here!

I was visiting Latta Plantation with the intent of just hiking as many miles on the trails as possible. But very conveniently situated on the way in there was the Carolina Raptor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Benjamin R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting Latta Plantation with the intent of just hiking as many miles on the trails as possible. But very conveniently situated on the way in there was the Carolina Raptor Center! I have always been a huge fan of birds. The place has a $10.73 (yes, there's tax on the tour :D) "cover charge" to see the birds... More 

Thank Benjamin R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love, love, love this place. Great place to lean about raptors and greet an inside look at rehabilitation of injured birds. Well maintained, easily traversed trails, good presentations and interesting exhibits. Definitely a great family activity. Love seeing the eagles and owls and know they are well cared for even though they cannot be released back into the wild. Been... More 

Thank beaninNC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for the third time, this time with the in laws. Staff at the front desk were helpful and informative. Volunteers along the paths/grounds were good natured, knowledgeable and fun to interact with. The weather definitely plays a key role in the enjoyment of the facilities as everything is outdoors. Covered by the tree canopy but still outdoors. We wandered... More 

Thank Mulnitovr
Millis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

I wasn't sure I wanted to see raptor birds in cages, but when I read the history of why each one was brought to the Center and how each one would not be alive if it weren't for being saved by the people at the Raptor Center, I was glad I visited. There is an admission charge but the funds... More 

Thank abcady
Angier, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

My sister and I stumbled across this place on the way to Latta plantation, and it was the highlight of our day. The big exhibits were set in the middle of a shady pine grove, which was welcome in 90 degree heat. The owls and falcons were our favorites. It's a good place for a family outing. It took us... More 

Thank Delphine C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Great for field trips. Nice short trails and exhibits. Good interaction with staff and animals. Educational. They show live demonstrations with owls and birds. Shaded so not so hot. Parking is easy and the area is beautiful at Latta Plantation.

Thank Candy F
Belmont, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Well shaded trails allow you to view the birds even in the summer heat. I do recommend that you carry water and even pack a picnic lunch. They have a small gift shop at the entrance/exit. A map is provided and the trail is marked but we seemed to walk past the same birds several times. I recommend this adventure... More 

Thank deborah r
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Located near Latta plantation this place is neat to visit and a good stop if you are here from out of town.

Thank chefhubaju
Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

We love visiting the raptor center and have been several times. We love learning about the birds, and it's such a pleasant walk even on a hot day through the woods

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Fun place to visit! Flight show is definitely worth it! It is a lot of walking, and on a trail in the woods no less, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. However, it is very shaded so that is nice.


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