Don’t miss the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island and its state-of-the-art exhibits—all free! Or, venture to the Dare County mainland to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge’s popular Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive, where locals compete to see who can count the most black bear in one evening. Wildlife abounds in the farming and moist soil management units along the Wildlife Drive. If you are looking for adventure, a great way to explore the refuge is by canoe or kayak, using the refuge’s 15+ miles of color-coded paddling trails. There are two half-mile, universally accessible wildlife trails for a leisurely stroll in a beautiful, quiet and secluded place. Enrich your experience by joining us for an open-air tram tour or interpretive program.For wildlife photographers, there are great photographic opportunities if you have patience. Hunting and fishing are allowed with restrictions. In fall, the refuge joins other eastern North Carolina refuges and partner organizations each year to host the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a celebration of migrant waterfowl and other local wildlife.