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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-473-1131
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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Great walking and driving trails. Saw lots of different bird species. Several turtles and some wolf or coyote scat. No bear or alligator. Will be back in spring to take the kayak... read more

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Westminster
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158 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great walking and driving trails. Saw lots of different bird species. Several turtles and some wolf or coyote scat. No bear or alligator. Will be back in spring to take the kayak trail.

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Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We often look for a great spot. This was a very good one. Bridge in background and only 3 other cars here...2 of them professional photographers!

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Bryans Road, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

If you like secluded wildlife areas where you can see alligators, bear, red wolves and other wildlife then this place is for you. Plenty of things to see and do. We went kayaking through the paddling trails on 2 days. What a great place to kayak. We didn't see any alligators as the weather was a bit cool for them.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

For the most part this is a driving tour. We came a week after Matthew, and some of the roads were flooded. The guides at the visitor center directed us where to go to see bears, but we had no luck. Unpaved roads that will get your car dirty.

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you like remote unpopulated areas then this is your place. All kinds of wildlife to be found here depending where you go and the time of day or year. It's also good for photography. There are miles of roads so it is best to find a map first! You can take the wildlife drive in your vehicle which I... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Point your GPS to Milltail Rd, follow signs to Wildlife Drive, drive slowly. Don't need a 4X4 or AWD, the road is packed limestone, but your car will need a wash afterwards - lots of dust, even during a slow drive. In the Refuge use Waze, our Garmin GPS had't a faintest idea what roads are there. Anyway, you won't... More 

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We did the Alligator River nature tour with Kitty Hawk kites, and even our tour guide was impressed that we saw two alligators, rather close to us, while kayakings. She was not concerned at all because the alligators thought that we were just larger alligators since their sight is not very good. I believed her when the guide tried to... More 

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Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We attempted to visit here on our latest trip to the Outer Banks, after driving around trying to locate it we finally found a visitor center only to find out it's nowhere near that center. The people inside gave us maps and "sort of" directions and sent us on our way, they recommended some must see roads once we got... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Absolutely take the time to check this place out, get a little feel of rural North Carolina. Deer, bear, turkey and many others. Check with the rangers. A 4x4 recommended but not required.

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Irwin
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We have visited the outer banks several times and never made the short ride to this refuge. From our motel (Blue Heron) in Nags Head it was just about a 25 minute ride to the area we wanted to ride thru. Basically it is straight across the Route 64 bridge (the southern bridge) across Manteo and right at the Y... More 

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