Visitor Center

Pea Island Visitor Center Conversation

Venture to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, a paradise for both birds and birders.  The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located about 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet on the west side of NC Highway 12 and is open 9 am to 4 pm daily, when volunteers are available..
Don’t miss the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island and its state-of-the-art exhibits—all free!  

The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is quite a unique place to visit.  The center features an assortment of wildlife exhibits and interpretive information, as well as a gift shop operated by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society for the benefit of the refuge.  

But, by far, the greatest offering of the Visitor Center is the satff.  The Center is staffed by a group of volunteers known far and wide for their knowledge of the refuge, their dedication to the refuge, and their friendliness.


Wildlife viewing is popular from the Visitor Center and along the two wildlife trails on the refuge.  Species of birds common to the area change with the season, so there is almost always something new to see.  Fish, rays, sea turtles, and dolphins can also sometimes be seen from the beach.