We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Features Animals
Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
+1 252-987-2394
Review Highlights
Good stop for wildlife enthusiasts

If you like birds and wildlife, this is a good place to stop. We were there in December, so it was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Virginia
North Pond Trail, Visitor Center, Late fall season massive bird viewing

Easy access to Visitor Center and main trail on the route 12 beach road. Simple board and rasied... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Read all 219 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“visitor center” (32 reviews)
“north pond” (9 reviews)
“nature walk” (8 reviews)
Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
+1 252-987-2394
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (219)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 217 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like birds and wildlife, this is a good place to stop. We were there in December, so it was very cold and windy, but there were lots and lots of birds. Swans, egrets, teals, and other water birds were everywhere by the hundreds.

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Easy access to Visitor Center and main trail on the route 12 beach road. Simple board and rasied gravel on the North Pond trail, right outside the vistor center. Amazing numbers of birds during the fall season. If you don't have binocluars, some are on...More

Thank Zephyr_Travel
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

Really nice visit. The couple at the center (volunteers) were friendly and very knowledgible. The visitor center had a lot of information and grounds were well kept.

Thank Jim F
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Very relaxing visit. Well-maintained boardwalk provided a nice walk through the refuge. Across the street from the visitor center is the Atlantic Ocean; easily accessible and the beach is clean. You can see a shipwreck from here. There is really no place to rinse the...More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Long drive to Pea Island but well worth the trip, it was a hot humid day so I knew we wouldn't see lots of birds but we were happy to find some egrets and lots of geese. Nice easy to walk paths Next time I...More

Thank mcmomny
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This is” the”outdoor place to go in the outer bank, lots of information, courteous staff and lots of birds and wildlife. Nice hiking area out to the lakes and along the ocean.

Thank 6second79
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Not knowing what to expect, we traveled down a narrow spit of land to see what Pea Island was about. The two-lane road wasn't heavily traveled as it may be during the main tourist season. Wind timelessly swept the sand across the sound side to...More

Thank gogogirlsouthland
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location, so quiet, considering right next to busy road and Atlantic Ocean. Well maintained boardwalk, great lookout spots, would come back in different season to spot more wild birds. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff in the visitor centre and they are all volunteers👍.

Thank TNT6264
Reviewed 1 September 2017

On our trip from Nags Head to Oracoke last week we stopped at Pea Island for the sunrise about 6AM.Beautiful,Beautiful,Beautiful-this is North Carolina not a soul in sight a mile each direction till about 8am what a beach,do not suggest swimming with no life guards...More

2  Thank ChALUTCH
Reviewed 17 August 2017

It is well worth for bird watchers and nature lovers to stop by the Pea Island Vidiot Center. Near the center, there is a nature trail along a lake. In mid-August I saw: flocks of flying brown pelicans, water thrushes, great egret, red-wing black birds,...More

Thank zevb
Nearby HotelsSee all 11 hotels in Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island Resort
2 reviews
14.92 km away
Salvo Inn Motel
9 reviews
19.47 km away
JP Cottages
27 reviews
20.00 km away
Comfort Inn South Oceanfront
646 reviews
23.04 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Lisa's Pizzeria
339 reviews
14.42 km away
Watermen's Bar & Grill
271 reviews
16.88 km away
O'Neal's Sea Harvest
190 reviews
18.60 km away
Franks OBX Dog House
18 reviews
22.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
343 reviews
13.66 km away
REAL Watersports
84 reviews
16.90 km away
Paradise Dolphin Cruises
135 reviews
18.34 km away
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC
46 reviews
20.09 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
26 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
Nancy W
4 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Mayte R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are no barriers. I went in the winter.