94. Alligators, Bears & Wolves, Oh My! …Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Yes, there are alligators in Eastern North Carolina, as well as Red Wolves, Black Bears and Bald Eagles.  And, if you are lucky, you can see them and much more at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

The Refuge conducts free guided tours and programs that are great fun for the whole family.  Learn more about the bears that live here, since the Refuge is home to the one of the largest concentrations of black bears in the eastern U.S.  Find out about the huge variety of birdlife in the Refuge including water fowl, birds of prey, and migratory birds.  Take a tram tour to find out more about the local wildlife including American alligators, white-tailed deer, raccoons, rabbits, and river otters.

With the success of the Red Wolf Recovery Program, the Refuge is now home to over 100 endangered Red Wolves.  The focus is to insure that the Red Wolf not only survives but also repopulates the area.  Take the family on a Red Wolf Howling evening tour and journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear the haunting cries of the Red Wolves.

The Refuge also conducts canoe tours in the warmer months so that you can experience it from another perspective and quietly get up-close and personal with its inhabitants.  There is a small fee to participate in these tours.  Or, take a self-guided tour on one of the hiking or driving trails.

No matter how your family chooses to explore this beautiful Refuge, you will be amazed by the diversity of habitat types, plant and animal species, and the simple intense peace of this corner of the Outer Banks.