Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Jennifer D
9 contributions
Family
Beautiful beach. Best place for sunset pictures. Easy trail to wooden lookout. Saw lots of turtles, birds, and jumping fish. Bring BUG spray.
Written 23 July 2022
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Kelli S
Chattanooga, TN127 contributions
Couples
My husband and I packed a lunch and beach gear to enjoy this primitive and pristine beach for the day. There was a perfect spot marked to pull off and walk thru the grass and up and over the dunes. Had a fabulous quiet and relaxing day!
Written 1 July 2022
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steve perry
6 contributions
Fantastic for birding, but it seems like the workers are not too hardy in these parts. It seems like they close for extended periods for almost everything. Check their website to see if they're open. 3 of 5 times the last 3 years they've been closed.
Written 18 May 2022
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loriicenhour
Box Springs, GA269 contributions
Beautiful views and sunsets. The snow birds and bald eagles were everywhere. Such a breathtaking place.
Written 10 January 2022
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NC Traveler
3 contributions
Nice shop with high powered scopes inside. The bird diversity is fantastic. It's a special birdy place. The only negative is that it is not in your backyard and they will ask you to leave at closing time. The path around is excellent for seeing a bunch of birds you can see up close. Just a fantastic place to visit.
Written 27 December 2021
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Lisa E
Hickory, NC22 contributions
Really beautiful. The trails and the boardwalk made it easy to see some of the birds. Wish we had brought our own binoculars.
Written 3 October 2021
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dougparsons
Holly Springs, NC268 contributions
Couples
Mother Nature will astound you with her beauty here. The panorama is breathtaking and the views are unlike anywhere else.
Written 18 May 2021
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wonkavator
Richmond, VA39 contributions
Such a wonderful stop and easy walk. Interesting to learn about the ponds and their role in bird migration. If it is a windy day, hold your hat!
Written 11 April 2021
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,844 contributions
There are several observation areas along the road where you can park and get out to either look for birds in the large fresh water ponds to the west or cross over the dunes to the east to walk along the deserted beaches. The best place was at the visitor center (now closed). But the well-maintained restrooms are open. A trail leads around the ponds with several observation areas equipped with stationary binoculars. We expected more migratory birds to be here, but a local told us that this winter has been lite. But we did see several dozen tundra swans as well as American coots, white pelicans, and hooded mergansers.
Written 26 February 2021
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,383 contributions
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north end of Hatteras Island just south of the Basnight bridge. The refuge supports migratory birds and endangered species. A couple short trails from the visitor center provide great birding opportunities along the man-made ponds, especially in the winter. A two-story observation tower provides great views over the island. Note dogs are not allowed on the west side of NC-12, but are allowed on the beach east of the highway.
Written 5 February 2021
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