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Carolina Raptor Center

#2 of 27 things to do in Huntersville Features Animals
6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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Great little place and great employees/ volunteers

This isn't a very big center (though not bad at a little under 1 mile of trails) - but it does have... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ryan K
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
via mobile
Birds of Prey

This is a bird lovers paradise, purchase a trail pass and see many species of Raptors from... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
John E
Cornelius, North Carolina
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“birds of prey” (25 reviews)
“raptor center” (74 reviews)
“bald eagles” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This isn't a very big center (though not bad at a little under 1 mile of trails) - but it does have a ton of raptors, vultures etc. I drive almost 2hrs to get here and have been with my young children 4 times now....More

Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a bird lovers paradise, purchase a trail pass and see many species of Raptors from Kestrels, Owls, Falcons, Hawks, Eagles and Turkey Vultures. This venue offers so much and the main focus of the Center is caring for and Rehabbing injured birds. Many...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a little disappointed by our ability to take pictures of the birds. The cages are made of thick wire. Some of the birds are sitting on their perches but others are far from the viewing area, for example, the bald eagles. The grounds...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful trail to observe various types of birds. They have regular educational programs and tours. Fun!

Thank Americangirl73
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were visiting the granddaughter in Charlotte, and they had been here before, and recommended we go here. They have a good selection of rescued raptors, from kestrels to hawks to eagles to vultures and owls, They also have some crows and ravens. We went...More

Thank Margaret W
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We'll have folks out during the week all summer starting in June. You can also see our flight show this summer for FREE with regular admission thanks to our partner Duke Energy who is funding it this year for all visitors.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

The birds are nicely displayed in a way that makes them very accessible yet everyone is safe. Unfortunately the eagles were courting so we didn't get to see them this time. There are opportunities to see programs with birds and feeding. Make sure you check...More

Thank Judy H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a great place to take children where the adults can enjoy themselves as well. Every time I've been here, there is something different and new to see. The bald eagles are always awesome, but so are all the different owls.

Thank Brandon G
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Very educational and interactive for adults and kids! Latta plantation is right next to it so plan to do both! Pack your lunch and make a day of it.

1  Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Interestin place to visit. Nice to see these beautiful creatures up close. Also great to see how well cared for they are.

1  Thank Sheri C
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Carolina Raptor Center (CRC) is a wonderful place to explore. To be able to wander the trails and see all kinds of raptors and learn more about them is simply fascinating! Everyone has their favorite raptor, and to be up close and personal with...More

1  Thank Jill S
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Breeanna R
Are there wheelchair accessible parts of the tour?
11 April 2017|
Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hi Breeanna: Our trail is a hard packed screening gravel trail. The challenge for wheelchairs is that it has erosion control bars throughout that can get a bit bumpy. In terms of grade, it is about 75% flat with the vulture... More
Hi, what would you like to know about this attraction? Hi, could you tell me how far it is to walk the trail? My wife has some walking difficulties.
24 January 2017|
Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for your inquiry about Carolina Raptor Center. The full trail walk is 3/4 of a mile. About 75% does not have a grade of over 10%. It is a hard packed trail with small (screening) gravel.
Is this experience just a walk around outside hoping to see these birds, or do you get to see birds being rehabilitated and living there up close?
1 December 2016|
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Response from _teenbean60 | Reviewed this property |
Birds are in large cages and you can see them very clearly. If you call ahead you can find out feeding times. Hope this helps😊