Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Welcome to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the 152,000-acre refuge that aims to preserve and protect unique wetland habitats like the Pocosin, as well as the associated wildlife species within.
This wildlife refuge offers guests seasonal tours, canoe outings, and ranger-led programs on wolves and bears. There is a multi-refuge visitor center onsite full of exhibits covering the animals within, such as red wolves, black bears, red-cockaded woodpeckers, American alligators, and various waterfowl and migratory birds. Learn all about these species and their habitat, then go outside and explore/catch a glimpse for yourself!
There are several different trails to explore, such as the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail and Milltail Creek Paddling Trail, as well as scenic drives such as the Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive. Each season brings different guided tours, some examples being the fall Saturday Tram Tours, Saturday Red Wolf Howling Tours, and Pea Island Refuge Bird Walk.
Aside from hiking and wildlife viewing, there are plenty of opportunities for year-round learning and adventuring. Take part in any of the 'Big 6' wildlife refuge activities, including hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, wildlife viewing, and interpretation.