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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!!!

Visited last week in search of bears. We were able to see six without much effort. Next year, will plan to visit earlier in the season before the wheat is harvested. Friends have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited last week in search of bears. We were able to see six without much effort. Next year, will plan to visit earlier in the season before the wheat is harvested. Friends have reported seeing more than a dozen at a time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a huge wildlife refuge. We saw a ton of turtles and butterflies. There are several roads you can drive. It feels like it would be easy to get lost. It was a very nice day trip.

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PFAFFTOWN
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142 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nature at it's basic, most beautiful self. Not fancy or showy. Lots of trails/roads to travel through the Refuge. Bears, birds, flora & fauna and waterways. We also did the Red Wolves Howling... a treat to hear the wolves! Be ready for a car wash at the end of your visit, but if you are a nature lover - it's... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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138 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the many national wildlife refuges in the Outer Banks area. Lots of areas to explore either by car or on foot. Good even in the summer, which is the slowest time of year for the refuge

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Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We started the day with a kayaking trip on the river and ended the day seeing 5 bear along the road! So much fun to see the cubs playing in the long grass. Go around dinner time!

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Bernville, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I wasn't sure we were going to go here or not, but I'm sure glad we did. The visitors center was enjoyable, informative, and entertaining. The gentleman that was behind the desk was very helpful and friendly. The refuge itself was a perfect break from the crowds on the Banks. It was nice to take a short drive and be... More 

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South Thomaston, Maine, United States
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This national wildlife refuge is fascinating for all, whether you're a birder, kayaker, hiker or just like to get out of doors. Plenty of bear & alligators, and coastal birds. The visitor center is super, lots of good exhibits. The staff & volunteers are very friendly & helpful.

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Had loads of fun, great trails also did some bird watching, lots of wild life, must check out the visitors center, very clean bathrooms.

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Brevard
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Thanks to other reviewers' information, along with the specific instructions from a volunteer at the refuge visitor center in Manteo (a must-see), we were able to see about a dozen black bears as they fed in a winter wheat field in mid-April 2016. Although we didn't spot any alligators or river otters on this trip, we did have the privilege... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Maybe I am just not refuge savvy, but I had a hard time, despite having the map, finding anyplace to take a short hike. I finally did find a trail that was paved and pleasant enough. Unfortunately for all my interest in seeing this place I not only got the short hike but also a tick which I found about... More 

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