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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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Bears oh Bears

This is a great place to take your time and explore or you will miss the wildlife. We saw deer, blue herons, red tail hawk, several species of turtles and oh did we mention bears!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Rosie D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to take your time and explore or you will miss the wildlife. We saw deer, blue herons, red tail hawk, several species of turtles and oh did we mention bears!

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Thank Rosie D
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Decided to go to the wildlife refuge on a a rainy day afternoon hoping we would see many species of animals. Unfortunately I think the plan back fired on us. Stopped at the visitors site first to get information and a map. the staff was very friendly. She gave instructions on how to get to the refuge and recommended some... More 

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Thank Fred H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice little hike...a ton of butterflies.Didn't see anything else since it was hot during the day. Would love to kayak in that cedar water. Nice natural place.

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Thank Hercules515
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great activity! Stop in at the Visitors Center to find out where the bears have been spotted lately, learn a bit while there, and then explore at your own pace.

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Thank Wendy E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all don't get this confused with the nature center which closes at 4:00. The refuge is about a 15 minute drive from the visitors center. We saw 3 bears, a snake, a raccoon, cranes and tons of butterflies. The drive is on a gravel road which can be very dusty if there are other cars out there. The... More 

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Thank Greg B
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I see the other reviews and must say that either we picked the wrong time of day or were just unlucky. We were driving back home from Roanoke Island and got there about 3 in the afternoon. It took us about 25 minutes to drive through a good part it and as one person said be prepared to wash your... More 

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Thank MarshallTFoster
Belfort, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is amazing that In a couple of hours we saw so many bear including a mother trying to protect her two cubs against another bear. I wished I had a bigger lens on my camera (200 mm zoom was not enough). We wished we could have seen alligators but we were not lucky. Definitely worth the miles from the... More 

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Thank DCuadrado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a drive from Kill Devil Hills after an early dinner. When we entered the park and were driving along we were shocked that we immediately saw two bears. we were delighted. It was worth the drive just to see the bears. If you want to take a leisurely drive to see nature you shouldn't miss this.

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Thank IM4TONYSTEWART
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. We saw 10 bears with no effort.If you just want to see a bear come here you are almost certainly going to see a Bear.also lots of Red wolves and Alligators in the swamp. This is a great place to com for nature lovers and animal lovers. Also there are a few places that we stopped... More 

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Thank Thomas H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oh, so hot and humid. We made the mistake of going in the mid afternoon and Though we saw a lot of turtles, wildflowers and birds; the biting flies and the heat and humidity were just too much. We stayed in our car for most of the visit driving along the gravel roads and peeking out the windows. The one... More 

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