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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Great Visitor Center

Excellent informative nature center. Beautiful wildlife exhibits. Very informative videos. Helpful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Houma, Louisiana
Bears, snakes, herons, some more snakes, and tourists

This covers the drive around starting from the Militail Rd parking lot. Given the gravel road, and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brooklyn, New York
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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 yesterday

Excellent informative nature center. Beautiful wildlife exhibits. Very informative videos. Helpful & knowlegable attendants. Will return & spend more time here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mskyjan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This covers the drive around starting from the Militail Rd parking lot. Given the gravel road, and limited direct sight, I'd recommend allocating 2 hrs for this activity. Waze navigator app has a pretty good grasp of the roads in this part of the preserve,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank gordonsmc
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Before going pick up a map at the Coastal NC Refuges Gateway Visitor Center (allow time to visit the center). Hours for the center can be found on their website. We went about an hour before sunset to look for the bears. We drove a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank dhandus2
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We went here twice on our recent outer banks trip. Both times between 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The most sighting are supposedly early in the morning and at dusk. The first night we saw three bears and the second we saw 5 including a mother...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank EnzoX2
Reviewed 17 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Angela C
Reviewed 10 September 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 04grandsons
Reviewed 4 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Buckwheat317
Reviewed 3 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CubbyandGman
Reviewed 30 August 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 30 August 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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18 November 2018|
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Response from Buckwheat317 | Reviewed this property |
My visit was in early September of 2018.
8 November 2018|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
We didn't camp, because there are tons of places to stay from very inexpensive to luxury along the outer banks. However, a quick Google search turns up 3 campgrounds nearby: County Line OBX, in East Lake; The Refuge on... More
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Response from jeffkH1213VI | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about November as winter is approaching the bears may be out for their last feedings. We've seen them in the early morning and around dusk are you best times to see bears. However, we have seen them in the... More