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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Teaming with Waterfowl Wildlife!

I've never seen so many ducks and waterfowl in one place in all my life! Stop into the visitor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Beautiful beaches for privacy and relaxation

While searching for a place in the Outer Banks to relax (without any crowds), I came upon the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Galesville, Maryland
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“visitor center”(33 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 1 week ago

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

Thank VooDooSpiders
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Baygirl23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Kathryn N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Indigo_Dog_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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

Thank PraisinPeg
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This is a nice wide sandy beach. Free parking and not crowded. No vehicles are allowed to the north. This beach is much nicer than those in Rodanthe and not far away.

Thank rdhastings
Reviewed 11 July 2018

We stopped here last time and this trip on the way to Frisco, NC. They offer tons of information about wildlife, gift shop and rest rooms. We enjoyed viewing the birds from the area they have set up to observe them inside as well as...More

Thank deebug2470
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Great little place in the middle of nowhere along Rt 12. Has a table for kids that has all kinds of unique animal/sea life objects for the kids to pick up and handle. Here’s the inside secret though: Hike over the sand dune that is...More

5  Thank uesidegirl
Reviewed 4 June 2018

The visitor center is great and has different types of shells and tells you the name of the shell as well as the animal that lived in it. I found this very interesting. They have four miles of walking trails but the bugs were so...More

1  Thank Michael P
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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