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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-473-1131

An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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Naturalists' Paradise

What an awesome place to see wildlife on its own terms. Although I've been going to the Outer Banks for 20 years and passing this refuge on each trip, I've never stopped until... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
North Carolina
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an awesome place to see wildlife on its own terms. Although I've been going to the Outer Banks for 20 years and passing this refuge on each trip, I've never stopped until recently. The Carolina Birding Club had a field trip to the refuge and it did not disappoint. During the three day period of January 27-29, 2017, 89... More 

Thank moeron
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Great walking and driving trails. Saw lots of different bird species. Several turtles and some wolf or coyote scat. No bear or alligator. Will be back in spring to take the kayak trail.

Thank chuckland
Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

We often look for a great spot. This was a very good one. Bridge in background and only 3 other cars here...2 of them professional photographers!

Thank Robby F
Bryans Road, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

If you like secluded wildlife areas where you can see alligators, bear, red wolves and other wildlife then this place is for you. Plenty of things to see and do. We went kayaking through the paddling trails on 2 days. What a great place to kayak. We didn't see any alligators as the weather was a bit cool for them.... More 

Thank Jeff K
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

For the most part this is a driving tour. We came a week after Matthew, and some of the roads were flooded. The guides at the visitor center directed us where to go to see bears, but we had no luck. Unpaved roads that will get your car dirty.

1 Thank Tom B
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

If you like remote unpopulated areas then this is your place. All kinds of wildlife to be found here depending where you go and the time of day or year. It's also good for photography. There are miles of roads so it is best to find a map first! You can take the wildlife drive in your vehicle which I... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Point your GPS to Milltail Rd, follow signs to Wildlife Drive, drive slowly. Don't need a 4X4 or AWD, the road is packed limestone, but your car will need a wash afterwards - lots of dust, even during a slow drive. In the Refuge use Waze, our Garmin GPS had't a faintest idea what roads are there. Anyway, you won't... More 

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We did the Alligator River nature tour with Kitty Hawk kites, and even our tour guide was impressed that we saw two alligators, rather close to us, while kayakings. She was not concerned at all because the alligators thought that we were just larger alligators since their sight is not very good. I believed her when the guide tried to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

We attempted to visit here on our latest trip to the Outer Banks, after driving around trying to locate it we finally found a visitor center only to find out it's nowhere near that center. The people inside gave us maps and "sort of" directions and sent us on our way, they recommended some must see roads once we got... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Absolutely take the time to check this place out, get a little feel of rural North Carolina. Deer, bear, turkey and many others. Check with the rangers. A 4x4 recommended but not required.

Thank Paul S

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