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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Peaceful, interesting walk

We enjoyed the walk along the ponds that had bountiful waterfowl. There were lots of different... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Winnabow, North Carolina
nice quiet place

this refuge is one of the best places in America for bird watching we met people that come all the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
john h
Miami Beach, Florida
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“visitor center”(36 reviews)
“bird watchers”(6 reviews)
“north pond”(10 reviews)
This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
NC Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC
+1 252-987-2394
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed the walk along the ponds that had bountiful waterfowl. There were lots of different kinds of birds, ducks, herons, egrets, swans. We were even entertained by a cute otter!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this refuge is one of the best places in America for bird watching we met people that come all the way from Canada for this bring bug repellant

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank john h
Reviewed 26 November 2018

One of our fall places to visit for waterfowl. As usual it did not disappoint this year. Thousands of various ducks and swans in residence. Stopped at the visitor center and had a very nice chat with the volunteers. If you are into bird watching...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard R
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The volunteers at the visitor center are very friendly and well informed. The exhibits are educational and the artwork is fantastic. We also went across the street to the beach and did some shelling

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

I've never seen so many ducks and waterfowl in one place in all my life! Stop into the visitor center here and check them out up close through their 3 telescopes that look out into the water. You'll seek them dunking for dinner (butts in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank VooDooSpiders
Reviewed 2 October 2018

While searching for a place in the Outer Banks to relax (without any crowds), I came upon the stretch of beach on Pea Island many, many years ago. Year after year it has been my go-to spot when visiting the Outer Banks. One a few...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Some interesting displays of wildlife, and lots of gift items with wildlife themes. Prices very reasonable, too.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathryn N
Reviewed 22 September 2018

This is a beautiful place to watch the local wildlife. The volunteers are very enthusiatic and knowledgable. The trails are easy to access for all abilities and the further you walk into the reserve the more peaceful it is. No matter what time of year...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Indigo_Dog_11
Reviewed 16 September 2018

If you enjoy wildlife & nature trails then this is a must see. We saw turtles (there's a turtle pond), egrets, gulls of course & other water fowl. The trails are well kept & an easy walk.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped on our trip from hatteras to kitty hawk. Restrooms were closed. There were port-a-potties. They were beyond needing to be emptied and no toilet paper. We’d been here before and everything was clean and nice. Not today

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chris V
21 April 2018|
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Response from leetl319 | Reviewed this property |
I did see pets on a leash. Beware. There are a LOT of large bears and wolves here.
25 October 2017|
Response from Seraphita2013 | Reviewed this property |
Pea Island is a wildlife refuge and it has beach access across the street. Theres no lodging,camping,or dinning within 15-20 minutes. They do sell snacks and refreshments in the gift shop though. you can keep the shells when... More
25 October 2017|
Response from oldhokie702016 | Reviewed this property |
You can stay at Rodanthe where there are restaurants, etc. many people make this a day trip and stay in the Nage Head area or in one of the other villages on Hatteras Island. We prefer Hatteras and stayed there on our boat... More