Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Manteo

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a 152000acre National Wildlife Refuge located in eastern North Carolina along the Atlantic Coast. It was established on March 14, 1984, to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type—the pocosin—and its associated wildlife species.The refuge attracts visitors worldwide for its red wolf (Canis rufus) howling programs and is also home to the Dare County Bombing Range.DescriptionThe Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is composed of 152,000 acres lying in the mainland portions of Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina. It is roughly 28 miles from north to south and 15 miles from east to west and lies in North Carolina's Coastal Plain. It is bordered on the west by the Alligator River and the Intracoastal Waterway, which is crossed by the 2.8 mile Lindsay C. Warren bridge; on the north by Albemarle Sound; on the east by Croatan and Pamlico Sounds; and on the south by Long Shoal River and corporate farmland. The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is administered as a part of the complex. The Alligator River Manager supervises the Mackay Island, Currituck, and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Managers.
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  • Point your GPS to Milltail Rd, follow signs to Wildlife Drive, drive slowly. Don't need a 4X4 or AWD, the road is packed limestone, but your car will need a wash afterwards - lots of dust, even during...  read more »
  • We did the Alligator River nature tour with Kitty Hawk kites, and even our tour guide was impressed that we saw two alligators, rather close to us, while kayakings. She was not concerned at all becaus...  read more »
  • We attempted to visit here on our latest trip to the Outer Banks, after driving around trying to locate it we finally found a visitor center only to find out it's nowhere near that center. The people ...  read more »
  • Most visitors I see are driving too fast to see anything. I always manage to see something cool June 23 2016 two bears 50 yards off the main road in the sunflowers. Awesome. It is not s place for speed demons go early in the morning
  • Took the Ranger guided canoe tour. Saw Aligator, turtles and a small Black bear. A lot of fun! I would highly recommend this tour.
  • Very poorly sign posted. Had no idea where we were or what road we were on, or what we were doing. We saw a turtle, that's all. We were pretty disappointed.
  • Saw tons of black bears. Never saw any alligators as there is really only one living this far North they said. Canoeing was cool.
  • Problem is usa wildlife service is allowing red wolves to be killed,cut population from 200 to 50 over past year.write them and Congress to stop this,shameful bureaucracy controlled by hunters and other special interests.nothing to be proud of.
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