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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

304 Reviews

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

304 Reviews
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Alligator River Kayak Adventure
$49.00 per adult
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Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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OBX Ghost Tours
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OBX Ghost Tours

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Our walking tour is something the entire family will enjoy. You'll be entertained as a guide leads you through downtown Manteo telling you the spooky tales that make the Outer Banks one of the most haunted beaches in the United States.<br><br>Some of the stories you'll hear include; the Lost Colony, Blackbeard, the Cora Tree, and much more.<br><br>Our tour also offers guests the chance to use an EMF detector. EMF detectors are commonly used on paranormal investigating television shows. <br><br>You'll have the time of your afterlife at OBX Ghost Tours.
$20.00 per adult
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npotter2017 wrote a review Aug 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina147 contributions147 helpful votes
Do yourself a favor and take a drive. I'm always perplexed why more people do not know about the Wildlife Drives that the National Park Service has created throughout the United States highlighting some of the best nature the U.S. has to offer. The Alligator River Wildlife Drive is one of these great drives. Free and easy to navigate it and not requiring anyone to exit their vehicles, the drive is worth the extra time it will add to your trip. The drive is a loop that does not require you to backtrack or get too far off the path. Although the name implies you will see lots of Alligators, we did not see any and according to locals Bears are the main attraction of this drive. We drove through twice - once on our way to the Outerbanks and once leaving the Outerbanks. The first drive-through we saw an owl, turtles, too many butterflies to count, and three black bears. The drive back we didn't see any bears, but the unpredictability of nature is half the fun.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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annecolorgreen wrote a review Aug 2020
Louisville, Kentucky326 contributions94 helpful votes
My husband and I actually visited two different times. The first, was just after lunch on a hot July day. We had quite the delay getting there because I mistakenly thought that the trail was close to the visitor's center--it's not. and then I couldn't figure out how to find it. Don't put the visitor's center in your GPS, put in the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail (which is actually the 1/2 mile nature trail that you can hike at the beginning of the motor trail). My husband and I kept driving in circles trying to find it! When we actually did get there, I was very impressed. There are very well maintained gravel roads that go in/out through this part of the refuge. There were also some dirt roads (not necessary to drive on) but they were well marked that they could be potentially hazardous during wet weather. We saw birds, a bear from a LONG distance, many turtles sunning on logs, and an alligator. Also, lots of pretty late summer flowers. Because we took awhile to get there and there are no restrooms, we eventually did have to leave. I made a plan to go back the next day and was up well before dawn to drive back over from Kitty Hawk (30'ish minutes?). This time, my plan was to drive along the areas with big fields keeping an eye out for bear. If this is your goal, don't turn off onto Sawyer Lake Rd (to the right) but keep going straight until you can turn left onto Long Curve Road. Drive slowly and pull off to the side if you want. You will soon see some big open fields--keep your eyes peeled. Through the help of a local, I was directed to the area by the "dump" where there are NUMEROUS bears that gather at least in the early hours of the day. Sadly, I didn't see or hear the wolves, but the bears were fun to watch.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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BizCat wrote a review Aug 2020
Hubbard, Ohio82 contributions9 helpful votes
This is out in the middle of no where it seemed like. I wish there was better signage in general as I don’t really know if I was on all the roads or not. Very nice area though. Saw about 5 turtles and 30 bears. Very active! Unfortunately we did not see any gators.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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PTCGal wrote a review Jul 2020
Toano, Virginia62 contributions32 helpful votes
We spent about 3 hours driving around the refuge. We saw 4 bears. They are amazing to watch. There are also walking and paddling trails.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Joyce wrote a review Jul 2020
Powell, Tennessee1 contribution1 helpful vote
The personalities and knowledge of our guides made the experience great. Tiger and MJ were friendly and informative, making the already beautiful environment even more pleasant. We really enjoyed the experience!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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