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“Bear Tour”

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Reviewed September 4, 2012

In June, I attended the bear tour at Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes NWR with several friends. We saw 21 bears while on the tram tour; they were in fields, a tree and on the road....bears everywhere. The gravel refuge roads are very dusty so be prepared with eye protection and a dust mask or handkerchief. This was a wonderful adventure made even better by the refuge staff and Doris, a member of the Pocosin Friends Group. They provided transportation as well as information about the refuge and animals. Generally, a NWR is not as scenic as a National or State Park because it is designed to be an effective habitat for it's residents. You'll see miles of soybeans, corn, and other crops and irrigation ditches. Go get dirty and look for bears if you get the opportunity. There was no set fee for the tour but donations were gratefully accepted to benefit the refuge.

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Reviewed March 16, 2012

wasn't open except sat and sunday because of the time of year

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I went with a friend to the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes NWR. We made our way to Pungo Lake and looked out over the lake from the raised observation center. There were quite a few Tundra Swans, other shore birds, ducks, and turtles. The roads in this section are like most NWR roads, proceed slowly and be aware of signs restricting vehicles on some roads. The NWR or Friends of NWR offers waterfowl and bear tram tours which I hope to enjoy in the future. Check the website for more NWR information and tour dates. Nearby is a pier, kayak/canoe launch and beautiful overlook for Lake Phelps part of Pettigrew State Park.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

I had stopped at the rest area adjacent to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on prior trips to the NC Outer Banks. On my most recent visit I decided to spend some time walking along the river front board walk. I was amazed at the beautiful views of the forest and river. The walk goed under the Highway 64 bridge into downtown Columbia. I suspect that few motorists who pass this site realize the beauty in this area.

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