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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