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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Beautiful nature trails

If you enjoy wildlife & nature trails then this is a must see. We saw turtles (there's a turtle... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Deborah C
Boonville, United States
Nice sandy & wide beach

This is a nice wide sandy beach. Free parking and not crowded. No vehicles are allowed to the... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Concord, North Carolina
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“visitor center”(33 reviews)
“bird watchers”(6 reviews)
“north pond”(10 reviews)
This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
NC Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC
+1 252-987-2394
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you enjoy wildlife & nature trails then this is a must see. We saw turtles (there's a turtle pond), egrets, gulls of course & other water fowl. The trails are well kept & an easy walk.

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on our trip from hatteras to kitty hawk. Restrooms were closed. There were port-a-potties. They were beyond needing to be emptied and no toilet paper. We’d been here before and everything was clean and nice. Not today

Thank PraisinPeg
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This is a nice wide sandy beach. Free parking and not crowded. No vehicles are allowed to the north. This beach is much nicer than those in Rodanthe and not far away.

Thank rdhastings
Reviewed 11 July 2018

We stopped here last time and this trip on the way to Frisco, NC. They offer tons of information about wildlife, gift shop and rest rooms. We enjoyed viewing the birds from the area they have set up to observe them inside as well as...More

Thank deebug2470
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Great little place in the middle of nowhere along Rt 12. Has a table for kids that has all kinds of unique animal/sea life objects for the kids to pick up and handle. Here’s the inside secret though: Hike over the sand dune that is...More

5  Thank uesidegirl
Reviewed 4 June 2018

The visitor center is great and has different types of shells and tells you the name of the shell as well as the animal that lived in it. I found this very interesting. They have four miles of walking trails but the bugs were so...More

1  Thank Michael P
Reviewed 18 May 2018

The winter storms ate away parts of dunes, and deposited sand in some new spots, but the Visitor Center is working again and the beach is full of birds. Great place for a walk along the beach, away from burgers, ice cream, and other trimmings...More

Thank gordonsmc
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Just a few yards away from the busy Cape Hatteras Scenic Byway lies this oasis. The visitor center is manned by very friendly and knowledgable volunteers. Inside there are 3 very good binoculars so you can watch the birds that are further away. We took...More

Thank Monique E
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Along the highway lays the great wildlife refuge. Go first to the visitors center and talk with the friendly staff. Here are also three high-end Carl Zeiss optical instruments to have a look. Afterwards you can take a walk along the water.

Thank Hans V
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Visitor center closed when we arrived, but we took stroll to observing deck. Plenty of birds to see, bring mosquito repellent and watch out for red ant hills. Very nice hidden gem.

Thank Jim F
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Chris V
22 April 2018|
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Response from leetl319 | Reviewed this property |
I did see pets on a leash. Beware. There are a LOT of large bears and wolves here.
26 October 2017|
Response from Seraphita2013 | Reviewed this property |
Pea Island is a wildlife refuge and it has beach access across the street. Theres no lodging,camping,or dinning within 15-20 minutes. They do sell snacks and refreshments in the gift shop though. you can keep the shells when... More
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