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Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge

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Nice, quiet sanctuary for fishing and bird watching

We visited the North Carolina part and had a blast. They had brochures at the entrance post... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2015
meghali_mazumdar
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New Delhi, India
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Great Birding Spot

This is my second visit to Mackay Island WR. It is a great area for viewing birds. Check MIWR... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2015
goneagain2
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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A favorite spot to spot snow geese during winter.
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21 Sep 2015
“Nice, quiet sanctuary for fishing and bird watching ”
20 Feb 2015
“Great Birding Spot”
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Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

We visited the North Carolina part and had a blast. They had brochures at the entrance post although there is no road there to go inside. The entrance is a little further down the main road. The untouched gravel road is a little bumpy but...More

Thank meghali_mazumdar
Reviewed 20 February 2015

This is my second visit to Mackay Island WR. It is a great area for viewing birds. Check MIWR website to verify if the 5-7 mile loop road in full or part is open and hunting season status. I did not realize hunting was allowed...More

Thank goneagain2
Reviewed 6 September 2014

Enjoyed our visit through Mackay Island to Knotts Island. The refuge is not very large but does have some interesting birds and habitat. Everything is right off from the main road because that is the only road through the wetland. We went on a rainy...More

1  Thank CDMVaBeach
Reviewed 6 July 2014

This is a great spot to stop in and learn about the area. Park rangers are very knowledgeable. A great spot for children to learn about the area and the wildlife. Very tranquil views.

1  Thank Pamela R
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Sad to say, on our "VA" Birding Trip we saw the best/most birds in NC! (See my VA reviews). MacKay Refuge on Knotts Island was The Best. It is only about 40 minutes on back roads from Sandbridge (where we were staying). If you take...More

2  Thank Khiori
Reviewed 30 January 2012

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge (pronounced Mackie by locals) is about 90 minutes from the Virginia Beach Resort area, 60 minutes or less from Sandbridge and from the NC Outer Banks you can easily take the free Currituck Ferry to Knotts Island as Mackay Island...More

5  Thank goneagain2
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