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Address: Beaufort, NC
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Located five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, this 14,480-acre refuge...

Located five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, this 14,480-acre refuge consists of a variable landscape of brackish marsh, pocosin and woodland habitats, which are dominated by an abundant variety of birds and wildlife.

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wild horses

never thought I would ever get to see a herd of wild horses, roaming free with very little human interference . these horses ancestry from spanish sailing vessels hundreds of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
Vincent D
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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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Austin, Texas
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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We drove from Beaufort to visit, hoping to find the "undeveloped trails" and do a bit of birding and exploring. We went to the very end of Lola Rd. and couldn't find any undeveloped trail. The vegetation is so thick that the one employee who supervises the refuge, borrowed from another refuge, likely cannot maintain the trails adequately. It also... More 

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

never thought I would ever get to see a herd of wild horses, roaming free with very little human interference . these horses ancestry from spanish sailing vessels hundreds of years ago, still roam free, by a government protection act.

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beaufort
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Love this beach for kiteboarding on NE winds . Also great for windsurfing or just laying out on the beach . Very secluded never seems to be crowded

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

WHAT A Blessing! We ferried out to Cape Look Out and saw 20-30 wild horse along the way. Also enjoyed the peligans. The light House was SPECTACULAR.... helpful, informative, fun park rangers. The beaches around the light house were perfect to walk.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

We travel to Hatteras Island, NC every year, and rather than drive directly there out US64 through Manteo and Nags Head, we love to take the Cedar Island Ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island (2.25 hours), and drive up Ocracoke to the Hatteras Inlet Ferry (1 hour) to get to Hatteras Village where we rent beach houses for the... More 

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New York City
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Like the Rachel Carson Reserve, you need to visit this Refuge however your personal situation allows - private boat or public ferries. Spend time and appreciate the quiet of nature.

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

Located near cedar island ferry , Wonderful beach where my dog could run free! We were all happy. Will go again tomorrow and maybe see the wild ponies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Nice ferry trip on a good day. Saw the wild ponies twice and walked to the lighthouse. Want to go back and stay for a day.

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HARRISBURG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

Drove through on our way from Ocracoke to Beaufort. Beautiful scenery along the way. Didn't stop anywhere along the route, just enjoyed the view along our route.

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coastal Carolina
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013 via mobile

Although the refuge was closed because of the government shutdown, a nature trail around Willow Lake was open. The best thing about the trail was a duck blind that overlooked the lake. I went in there and took some really great pictures of two large white water birds (ibises?). The trail itself was not that interesting but I learned a... More 

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