Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Driving Trail


Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is likely one of the few spots on the east coast where you can predictably see a black bear in the wild.

In addition to black bears, visitors routinely see waterfowl (in large numbers during the winter months), birds of prey, and assortment of reptiles, wading birds, songbirds, and lots of other types of wildlife.

The Wildlife Drive is open for bicycles, but we recommend mountain bikes, due to the coarse gravel surface of the roads.

Map of the Wildlife Drive

Mother Bear and Cubs on the road
Our bears are pretty smart! On the drive, it pays to watch your rear-view mirror, as bears are known to wait in the woods until the vehicle passes by, then come out and cross the road to get into the farm fields!

Last Updated: <5/2/13