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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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Worth the drive!

After our tram tour got cancelled, we stopped at the Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center & were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lisa s
via mobile
Interesting Gem

This place was such an interesting gem. I was so intrigued by all of the taxidermy animals on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen B
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Edgerton
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“black beans” (44 reviews)
“visitor center” (26 reviews)
“red wolves” (11 reviews)
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Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-473-1131
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After our tram tour got cancelled, we stopped at the Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center & were directed to the self-guided Wildlife drive. We saw tons of wildlife! Black bear, Blue Heron, Copperhead, Black snakes that we think were Water moccasins, tons of ducks, turtles, dragonflies,...More

1  Thank lisa s
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was such an interesting gem. I was so intrigued by all of the taxidermy animals on display allowing for one to see them up close and personal. Video and signage throughout made the learning experience a treat. Recommended for all ages.

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If it wasn't for the aggressive old jerks in front of me who separated a mother from the youngest of her three cubs (the cutie couldn't have been older than two months) after speeding past me at 20mph before slamming on the breaks and jumping...More

3  Thank wanderingaze
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

visited here twice while in the area after reading trip reviews and seeing YT videos. while we did not see 18 bears in one field as someone did, we saw two the first evening-one up close and one in the distance that was moving fast....More

Thank mlpbjm
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

We drove through the refuge at around 6:30 PM, when we were told we should be able to see several bears. We did see 5 bears, two up close, and the area is beautiful.

1  Thank Buddy B
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

The visitor centre will give you a map of where the bears are and what roads to avoid. This was very helpful! They were were very nice and there are lots of displays and clean bathrooms in the visitor centre.

1  Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

We went in the middle of the week and had the park almost completely to ourselves. We were able to see several snakes, an owl, over 20 turtles and a mama bear and her four cubs! We were on Sawyer road near the open field....More

1  Thank Nicole A
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We wanted to look for wildlife and opted to take a drive through the place. They have a kiosk with maps and everything is well marked. We did see a lot of animals, too (turtles, snakes, birds). This is a wild place and come prepared...More

2  Thank Tia E
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

We visited this refuge with our rental car, but it was slow going on the freshly strewn gravel. Best go by 4x4. We tried to walk both the short trails, but both times turned back because of obnoxious insects. We had applied strong insect repellent,...More

2  Thank Monique E
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Of course, we didn’t expect to see alligators or black bears, but the problem here is that you should leave your car a walk a trail. Then it is more quiet and wildlife will not be warned about your presence. And then the problem starts;...More

Thank Hans V
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Brianna B
16 July 2018|
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Response from Tia E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can definitely stop as often as you like to take pics and even get out of your car. We only saw one other car during our visit. Lots of animals though! So be careful! Also SOOOO many bugs/insects so be prepared :)
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Rachel T
16 July 2018|
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Response from AnnieJ52 | Reviewed this property |
Dawn and dusk for bears, although the Rangers told us in fall they are more active in the day as well.
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