Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
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Terry & Cindy
carlisle, United States8 contributions
Kayaking
Oct 2021
Our 4th time here with Kittyhawk guides. A must do for us. Easy enough paddle, kayakers in our 60's and 70's did it. Saw a couple small alligators, lots of turtles and bird life. No danger from the gators.
Written October 27, 2021
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hubjeanne
SOUTH PASADENA285 contributions
Wonderful visit.......always!!!!!
Sep 2021
I've left a review for this refuge years ago so think it fitting to write one again. This is a tremendous area with so much nature and surprises galore. It never disappoints. My adult daughter and I spent 4 glorious days here, from just at daybreak until sunset each day. In that time we saw 81 bears, 7 snakes, a couple of deer and so much beauty. It is a long drive from south Florida but it is always worth it.
Written October 2, 2021
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irieD
Syracuse, NY87 contributions
A miss for us.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Went early and saw only turtles and bear scat. Dusty, rocky road just as a heads up. Spent about an hour driving around. Can't control nature but wish we caught a glimpse of something.
Written September 16, 2021
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D Phillips
Sumter, SC24 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2021
Go early or late in the afternoon when all the critters are out, no telling what you might see. A large black bear walked behind our truck and plopped down in the water to munch on something, paid us no mind. There looked to be good kayak/canoeing too, but we didn't have time to try it.
Written September 1, 2021
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Michael C
Newport News, VA36 contributions
A great wildlife refuge
May 2021
The Alligator River NWR is the OBX's best kept secret.
Just 35 minutes from Kitty Hawk is the best place on the East Coast to see bears (summer months), migratory birds (winter months).
We saw 15+ bears on one visit, 10+ on anther. That's aside from lots of other wildlife: ALIGATORS, hawks, kestrels, otters, owls, eagles...
We normally get there at around 5pm in the summer and drive the Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive until it gets too dark. To get there, drive away from Manteo on the NC64; look out for the Alligator River NWR sign as you head West on the NC64.
Pictures are a compilation of three or four visits to the refuge.
Note: there are NO facilities on this wildlife drive, just ~10 miles of road (gravel, but passable with any car) to drive along. Stay in (or by) your car to be safe. Do not approach the wildlife. All my pictures are taken with a long lens and by following wildlife observation rules.
Written August 9, 2021
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Laura R
Wilbraham, MA56 contributions
Amazing wildlife sightings!
Jul 2021 • Family
We drove through the wildlife refuge around 6pm and had an amazing experience!! We saw 5-6 bears, including several close sightings right in front of our car, as well as otters swimming in the creek and several large herons/water birds. It was an incredible experience, especially for a completely free activity. Highly recommend putting "Creef Cut Wildlife Trail" in your GPS, that was the best spot that we found!
Written July 23, 2021
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Johnny R
1 contribution
Magical
Aug 2020
My Aunt, Son, and I found out about Alligator River on a trip to Kitty Hawk last year. It was a rainy week a very nice local family told us about Alligator River. With nothing to do we all decided to check the place out. The first day we had a baby bear sit in front of my truck like it was playing chicken. My 9 year old son blurted out OMG they're so magical. This all cracked us up. We went the next day around 7:00 AM and left about 4:00 PM. We saw 6 large bears, 2 baby bears, 1 otter, 1 alligator on a log by the bathroom, a funny looking woodpecker, 2 owls (one had just grabbed a field mouse), thousands of turtles, heron, a falcon (i think) waterways on the side of the road packed with lily pads that had blooms on them, and a fast large cat like animal (either a fox or bobcat maybe).

Day later we learned to check most of the farmed fields or go close to the dump for bear. So following that advice throughot the next 4 days in the morning and evenings we saw 30-40 bears. Sometimes the field would have 5-8 bears at one time. The visiters center recommended we carry bear spray but after the first day I didn't think it was neccesary.

Only time I did pull my son in the car was on the main road he got out of the car to video lonesome baby bear in the field close to our car, and about 5 minutes later a bigger bear came trotting to the baby bear. The bear wasn't running or charging , but he or she was definetly letting us know that he or she wasn't to fond of us being so close. Be careful when driving a lot of turtles and bears quickly cross the road.

Don't stay after dark the refuge will not tow, call for a tow or even ask for your location if you get stuck or break down. It had been raining and there was one grassy/ mud trail where I had to engaged my truck into 4X4 Low. Seeing dry gravel road ahead I disengaged 4X4 and end up getting and stuck in deep mud about 30 feet away from the gravel road. Afterwhile my truck started sinking a little, my spare tire was submerged, wheels no longer touched the ground, and the mud covering part of side step..

Fortunately the visitor center gave us a list of area towing companies. It so remote we had to climb out the sunroof and stand on roof for cell service, plus the $230 payment is required before truck dispatched to help you. Many vehicles get stuck on trails that the tow company new exactly where I was stuck when I described the trail. The two men pulling me out kept laughing and asking why I disengaged 4X4 before gravel road went down the trail on baldish tires. The narrow trail had water marshes on both sides. One long slide will throw your vehicle in a swampy marsh.

Although it was truly a beautiful area to be stuck, the quiet undeveloped marshy swampy area felt as if you were in a remote, no-mans land.
Written July 21, 2021
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John F
1 contribution
Always ask Luke to be your tour guide, he is dope
Jul 2021 • Friends
First time Kayaking in a long time. Our guide LUKE was superb. He went at a good pace and learned many thing such as local history, botany, water way types, and of course alligators.
Written July 17, 2021
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Denise W
Nokesville, VA34 contributions
Always fun
Jul 2021
Must go in the early morning or dusk. It is a lot of fun trying to get the kids to spot bears and you never have to leave your car!
Plenty of other things to find too besides bears and alligators just have to look hard.
Written July 16, 2021
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jenna
York, PA2 contributions
Good experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
Fun experience, learned a lot from our guide, Tiger. Only saw one alligator and a turtle but still fun. I’d recommend wearing a shirt instead of using sunscreen; ended up blistered at the end of the tour haha.
Written June 18, 2021
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