Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Manteo

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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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  • What an awesome place to see wildlife on its own terms. Although I've been going to the Outer Banks for 20 years and passing this refuge on each trip, I've never stopped until recently. The Carolina B...  more »
  • Great walking and driving trails. Saw lots of different bird species. Several turtles and some wolf or coyote scat. No bear or alligator. Will be back in spring to take the kayak trail.  more »
  • We often look for a great spot. This was a very good one. Bridge in background and only 3 other cars here...2 of them professional photographers!  more »
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  • You have to be a nature lover to come here, which i am lol! I really liked the peace and quite and you have to drive slow to see the bears and other animals. We saw three bears and one was a baby!Me and my daughter were throwing acorns into the swamp and some kind of huge brown fish would come out of the water and swallow them up. Tons of birds, dragon flies, butter flies, and turtles! Can't wait till next year to come back and explore some 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.
  • Love it ! Took a 15 mile walk -got to see several bears - one alligator -and heard a wolf!if you like nature - and no crowds -this is the place to be!
  • Bears, Bears and more bears ! This self drive refuge is out of the way for sure, but well worth the drive.