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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge 'Milltail Creek' © Kerry Gillette Basnight
Nature reclaims the swamp as it swallows an old fishing camp.
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
ALLIGATOR RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
ALLIGATOR RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
708 N Hwy 64
Manteo, North Carolina   27954

Phone: 252-473-1131
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Milltail Creek'
© Kerry Gillette Basnight

Nature reclaims the swamp as it swallows an old fishing camp.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Sunbathing'
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Just Looking'
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Soaring'
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Milltail Creek'
© Kerry Gillette Basnight

Water lilies blanket the shore.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Milltail Creek'
© Kerry Gillette Basnight

There is no better way to start the day.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
'Milltail Creek'
© Kerry Gillette Basnight

This is one of four canoe and kayak trails.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was established on March 14, 1984. It contains 152,195 acres which lie on the mainland portions of Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina. The Refuge is roughly 28 miles from north to south and 15 miles from east to west. It is bordered on the west by the Alligator River and the Intracoastal Waterway; 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.

Alligator River Refuge was established to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type - the pocosin - and its associated wildlife species. The diversity of habitat types include high and low pocosin, bogs, fresh and brackish water marshes, hardwood swamps, and Atlantic white cedar swamps. Considered among the last remaining strongholds for black bear in eastern North Carolina and on the mid-Atlantic Coast, the Refuge also provides valuable habitat for concentrations of ducks, geese, and swans; wading birds, shorebirds, American woodcock, raptors, American alligators, white-tailed deer, raccoons, rabbits, quail, river otters, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and migrating songbirds. It serves as the core area for re-establishing the red wolf back into the wild.
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January 16 childhood memories at its best by Ken Midgett
Gods country. Having grown up in Dare Co. and cutting my teeth on Milltail Creek and those logging roads with my Grandfather Ken Ward, it is refreshing to see the area much as it looked to me almost fifty years ago. The most peaceful place on earth.
July 26 Red wolves! by Bigcatone
Went there last fall, hoping to see red wolves, and was not disapointed! Three crossed a trail about 100 yards ahead of us.Also saw deer, wild pigs, and gators..And numerous bear tracks!! Pileated woodpeckers screamed at us from everywhere, and the other birdlife was spectacular, including a bald eagle that allowed us to approach within 50 feet before taking off.Wildlife abounds here, a magnificant adventure!
April 27
August 26 Best Kayaking by H.Trautman
I kayaked the river in August with my dad and it was my favorite part of our vacation. We went to the bay and back and saw three gators. Two surficed and hit our kayak (about four footers) and another (about 8ft.) came out from under the shack on the river and could have easliy tipped our kayak. We followed it the whole way to the bay while keeping about 30ft between us and the gator.
June 2 Wahoo
September, we spent 4 days exploring everything we could by Kayak. Saw numerous alligators, snakes etc.A mother bear and cub dashed in front of us, they were both soaking wet.Went wheeling around the refuge on the dirt roads ( as far as we could) and we saw tons of wild life. Excellent place to kayak. If you make it to the bay be prepared for a serious head wind all the way back up the river.
April 23 Beautiful pristine wetland bogs by PamelaP
Went hiking and kayaking here in May. Red maple seeds still on trees and grasses just starting to send up green shoots. Beautiful. Also saw an alligator sunning itself.


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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located on the mainland of Dare and Hyde Counties, 15 miles west of Manteo, North Carolina. The Refuge Administrative Office is located on Roanoke Island (in Manteo) on U.S. Highway 64. To reach the Refuge, take U.S. Highway 64 west from Manteo, cross the Croatan Sound onto mainland Dare County, and continue west to the Refuge entrance. Signs direct visitors to the Refuge Field Headquarters, Creef Cut Wildlife Trail, and Buffalo City Road. Manteo is serviced by the Norfolk International Airport (2 hour drive north) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (4 hour drive west).

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