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North Pond Trail

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Address: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hatteras Island, NC
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This half-mile trail, which offers spectacular wildlife observation...

This half-mile trail, which offers spectacular wildlife observation year-round, is fully disabled accessible.

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Escape from the Crowds

This trail follows the edge of the North Pond in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and is popular with birdwatchers, especially during migration season. It's an easy walk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 May 2016
Ellen B
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This trail follows the edge of the North Pond in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and is popular with birdwatchers, especially during migration season. It's an easy walk, with a bridge, tunnel through overarching trees (nice photo op when the mosquitoes aren't around), and grassy trek to an observation tower where you can get a better look at the... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

This is a nice walk in a beautiful natural setting, but I was expecting to see some wildlife judging by the previous review. I can honestly say I didn't see much of anything.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

Not much changed since my last review. The walkabout opened up past the observation tower, with not that much to observate in November. Not as birdy as in spring, spotted some swans, a handful of incongruous white pelicans, and a bunch of Canadian geese which seem to never leave the premises, no matter migration season or direction. No deer or... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

We stopped here on a blustery and rainy day, so did not stay as long as we could have. Both of us walked along the level gravel path, and saw birds, birds, and more birds! Many of them were far enough away to make identification difficult, so bring binoculars or, as I did, a camera with a zoom lens. There... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

The visitors center and trail are very peaceful. We say about 4 different types of Heron's and many other birds. The observation tower at the end of the first section of trail affords a nice view to capture pictures with a zoom in camera. A must do for any bird/wildlife watcher!

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

The trail is all there, as is the nature center. For people interested in wheelchair access, all of the trail, including several wildlife observation platforms, and the lower level of the observation tower are accessible for wheelchairs. The impoundment on one side and the ponds/swamps on the other are swarming with birds, we also see deer, muskrats, and raccoons there.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

The trail has been cut down to just a walk to the observation tower on one side of the pond, but it still provides for lots of birding and other wildlife watching ooprtunities. Egrets, herons, ducks, swans, songbirds, turtles, muskrats, deer, raccoons (the latter two - dusk and dawn) all around. Nature center doesn't have much of a wildlife display,... More 

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