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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

#12 of 38 things to do in Manteo Features Animals
Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-1131
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Drive through

We drove through this area on the way to Manteo, NC. It is a nice drive and we did see one large... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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True wilderness

Coming here takes a little planning, but is worth it. Keep in mind, this is a wildlife refuge. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-1131
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We drove through this area on the way to Manteo, NC. It is a nice drive and we did see one large Alligator in the canal along side the highway. We had hoped to spend more time there hiking but didn't have the time. There...More

Thank sacArkansas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming here takes a little planning, but is worth it. Keep in mind, this is a wildlife refuge. It is meant to be, you know, a refuge. For wildlife. Not a tourist attraction nor an amusement park. I strongly suggest visiting the official website before...More

Thank maclba
Reviewed 1 week ago

The reason we went out of our way to stop by this area (we were not staying on the outer banks) is because we want ed to see bears! After all the photos I saw posted online, I was convinced this was a common siting...More

Thank paulalois99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to do something different while spending a week in Nags Head this year, and heard about the wildlife refuge. We decided to check out the bears at dawn, but it took a little longer to get there and drive into the park. It was...More

Thank GFerg021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While most of our visit was spent driving slowly through the refuge, we saw several bears of various sizes. It is definitely off the beaten path, saw very few other vehicles. Did see a snake swimming through the water. Lots of birds. Went on a...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have gone three times now, twice to kayak, once to nature walk, drive, and photograph. When it is rainy to overcast, I have seen the most bears. I only heard and saw Alligator babies. I just sat in a channel in a kayak and...More

Thank jjoyfox
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 20 minutes not seeing a thing and were prepared to leave when we decided to give it a few more minutes. We didn't see a ton of wildlife here but we also visited right smack in the middle of the...More

Thank TheTravelingPraters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nature is so exciting when you are patient and wait, look and enjoy the moment. Don't hurry, you will enjoy a pair of binoculars if you have them. We arrived about 9:30a.m. a bit late for the morning foraging. Quickly we spotted a bear crossing...More

2  Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove around for 2 hours to see 3 birds and a dead raccoon. I saw more wildlife at the beachfront restaurant that I went to after this non-starter of a park. It's a great place if you like to be disappointed.

Thank 1L-19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I almost skipped this attraction because I have no interest in Alligators - but it isn't about that at all. We visited at dusk and from our vehicle we observed several black bears, two racoons and deer. The Visitors Center which is not actually within...More

Thank RahRahPR
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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