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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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A visit to the outer banks would not be complete for us without a drive through Alligator River... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Angela C
New Jersey
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Live black bears

This is a great place to see black bears! We saw about 15 from a distance, you want to take... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-1131
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A visit to the outer banks would not be complete for us without a drive through Alligator River. This is one of the only places that I have been that I always see bears. There are also hiking trails, areas to kayak and so much...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to see black bears! We saw about 15 from a distance, you want to take binaculars if u have them. Then the second trip out there we had one walk in ffint of the jeep! He was very close. It’s...More

Thank 04grandsons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and were in the Outer Banks for a vacation and try to take an excursion or two. We decided to venture to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. We stopped at the visitor center and got some great advice on touring the refuge....More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recommend going late in the day and doing the wildlife drive, guided by the free maps available near the entrance. It was our first time seeing black bears in the wild -- very cool! Our six-year old loved it.

Thank CubbyandGman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an incredibly gem. We saw so many Giant Egrets and then several Black Bears along Link road. I would recommend all wheel drive if it has been raining, the road is rough and I don't think I would have felt comfortable going down it...More

1  Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are 4 paddling trails to choose from. We chose the yellow trail which is 4 miles each way. We saw an alligator, turtles and other wildlife. We put in at the bottom of Buffalo City road and there is a porta potty there. On...More

Thank Jeff K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

only saw birds and turtles..never saw any bears, but still had a nice drive. Good relaxing time. A little out of the way.

Thank dfreed2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For Gods' sakes people, do not get as close to the bears as one recent reviewer did. It is DANGEROUS. They WILL attack you, especially if it's a mama with cubs. The end result is a euthanized bear because of your stupidity and lack of...More

1  Thank M P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We saw 6 bears, two of them up close!! One actually got into the creek by the road and took a bath while we watched! Another ambled past our car, two feet away! We saw a baby bear in the bushes that ducked it's head...More

1  Thank Sunitha K
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This was our first kayak tour in the Outer Banks and I would highly recommend it! Our tour guide, Justin, was helpful, knowledgeable and did an amazing job filling us in on the area and answering our questions. We spotted an Alligator and a Bald...More

1  Thank jenny h
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27 August 2018|
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Response from ImmaBeGoin | Reviewed this property |
The National Wildlife Refuges Visitors Center is on Roanoke Island, but the Alligator Refuge itself and its wildlife drive and trails are located west over the 64 bridge on the mainland.
27 August 2018|
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Response from Leo B | Reviewed this property |
No fee, it opens at sunrise and closes at sun set. We usually hit it at both time as that is the best time to see bears and other animals on the move. We have seen numerous bear, deer, bobcat, eagles , snakes and otters. We... More
24 July 2018|
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Response from PeeDeeR | Reviewed this property |
I believe so, only weather would possibly create an issue.