About the Refuge

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There is much to learn about Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and these pages are a great way to begin. But, if you don't find the information you need here, we welcome a personal contact! And, if you have the opportunity to visit the refuge, you'll be glad you did. The refuge is open all year round during daylight hours. We have great paddling trails, a wildlife drive, two wildlife trails, and all types of wildlife and habitat for you to learn about!  Don't miss National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island, which is open 9am - 4pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sundays.    


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was established to:  

  •  Protect and preserve unique wetland habitat types and associated wildlife species. 
  •  Provide habitat and protection for endangered species such as red wolves, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and American alligators. 
  •  Provide habitat for black bears. 
  •  Provide habitat and management for waterfowl and other migratory birds. 
  •  Provide for a wide variety of native wildlife species through diverse wildlife management techniques and strategies. 
  •   Provide wildlife-dependent public opportunities including hunting; fishing; wildlife interpretation; observation; photography; and environmental education