Alligator River - bears
Photo by Jackie Orsulak

This eastern North Carolina wildlife refuge protects and preserves habitat for a variety of wildlife, including red wolves, American alligators, black bears, red-cockaded woodpeckers and a variety of migratory birds. Fishing, hunting, paddling, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, biking and hiking are allowed here, and FWS staff provides programs here year round. Programs include bear-watching tours, red wolf howling programs, tram tours, canoe tours, van tours, birding trips and more.

Address: U.S. Hwy. 64, mainland Dare County

Phone: 252-216-9464

Website: fws.gov/refuge/alligator_river/

Hours: Daily during daylight hours

Cost: Free (cost for some programs)

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