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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-1131
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Great first visit

Driving from Raleigh to ARNWR. Takes about 3 hours. Stopped at Pocosin Refuge Visitor center and... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Rob K
Raleigh, North Carolina
Visit the visitor's center first

The ladies there are very informative and friendly. They know the area well. We did not see any... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Blandon, Pennsylvania, United States
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-1131
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Driving from Raleigh to ARNWR. Takes about 3 hours. Stopped at Pocosin Refuge Visitor center and collected maps/information. Took the trail at Sandy Ridge - was rather quiet but being in the open area itself is satisfying. Took the roads to the field area suggested...More

Thank Rob K
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The ladies there are very informative and friendly. They know the area well. We did not see any alligators. We saw a rattlesnake, several black bear and turtles. You need to be patient, and travel slowly. We traveled the same road many times until we...More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We made several trips through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge this year. It was amazing, we saw numerous bears, a bald eagle,osprey,bobcat and Northern Harrier Hawk. I highly recommend you visit when in the area! Definitely bring a camera, binoculars or spotting scope and...More

Thank Leo B
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We came here, as we are from Tennessee, looking to see some alligators in their wild habitat. We were pleasantly surprised to not only find alligators, turtles, snakes, and deer, but BLACK BEARS.....and a LOT of them! You will want to make sure to have...More

1  Thank Laura A
Reviewed 18 October 2017

It's a great park with many animals. We drive trough it with our car and saw a bear. Also many bugs, so it was difficult to get out of the car without any mosquito war-attack.

Thank rmathijssen
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Basically just large open fields. We did see a bear....off of 264 in the ditch. It was dead. Disappointing area.

Thank gjslhs
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We had heard about Buffalo City logging community. At this centre we had a most informative film. This is a very well laid out centre, so much to see and learn about the Alligator river region. The guide was very helpful. Good maps re trails...More

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped to take a peak at the visitor center, both of the woman working were awesome! Very knowledgeable and sent us to exactly what we wanted to see! Can't that you all enough! Very good time and peaceful! Love seeing the wildlife and just being...More

Thank JessNRay
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I fully support the idea of wildlife refuges and conservation, and I love that there is a driving path. We didn't have anything to do on a rainy afternoon and decided to drive through. I found it sort of boring, with interminable gravel roads for...More

Thank Tyria
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We enjoy hunting when we go on vacation, and this place was great. We don't hunt with guns, but cameras. It was July and a light rain was falling. We weren't sure what to expect. Boy were we surprised at the number of bears we...More

1  Thank Robert B
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Jean B
14 May 2017|
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Response from Mark n Debbi S | Reviewed this property |
Probably a couple of hours deepening on which path you take.
28 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew S | Reviewed this property |
i have not beenthere during that time of year, but contact the wildlife center and the will be very accomodating, a shout to nc fish and game would be helpful too. good luck and happy birding - the flickers and red headed... More
3 December 2015|
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Response from patsyt914 | Reviewed this property |
Contact Steven Brumfield at the Refuge steven_brumfield@fws.gov