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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge North Carolina

Images of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Eastern North Carolina, taken in August 2022.

Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located on one of the easternmost land masses of North Carolina outside of the Outer Banks islands. The refuge protects wetlands, swamps and waterways around the Alligator River.

This was a too-close-to-skip park which I visited because I had some extra time and was curious about what I might see. I expected there may be alligators, thus the name, but I was completely surprised to see black bears in this area and a lot of them; in about eight hours of cruising through the park (over two days) I saw at least six bears, two with young cubs. The swamp was also filled with turtles, birds and interesting trees and plant life. As it turned out this was a well-worth-the-time stop on my trip to the Outer Banks area of North Carolina.
Algae shows the slow flow of water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Algae shows the slow flow of water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator glides through swamp water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator glides through swamp water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Closeup of an alligator in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Closeup of an alligator in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator in the swamp waters of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator in the swamp waters of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Grasses growing on a log in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Grasses growing on a log in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear and her cub in a field in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear and her cub in a field in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Mother black bear with her cub in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Mother black bear with her cub in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Bear cub stands in a field in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Bear cub stands in a field in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear and her cub in the tall grass in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear and her cub in the tall grass in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Bear cub in a field of green in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Bear cub in a field of green in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Tiny white flowers, dropped from above, on a log in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Tiny white flowers, dropped from above, on a log in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Great blue heron hunting in the water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Great blue heron hunting in the water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a log reflected in the swamp water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a log reflected in the swamp water in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Hawk high up in a tree over Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Hawk high up in a tree over Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Cattails, trees and swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Cattails, trees and swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Young seagull on a bridge in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Young seagull on a bridge in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a log reflected in the waters of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a log reflected in the waters of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Tiny young black bear cub, wet after coming out of the swamp, in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Tiny young black bear cub, wet after coming out of the swamp, in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Soaked young black bear cub runs to its mother in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Soaked young black bear cub runs to its mother in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Algae bubbles in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Algae bubbles in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Web envelops a plant in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Web envelops a plant in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle with its reflection in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle with its reflection in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flowers along the Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flowers along the Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a dry bank in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle on a dry bank in the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flowering tree high above the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flowering tree high above the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Large spider on its web in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Large spider on its web in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Plant stalk with blooms in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Plant stalk with blooms in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Dragonfly perched on a stick in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Dragonfly perched on a stick in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Two tall trees towering above the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Two tall trees towering above the swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Grouping of trees viewed from across the Croatan Sound in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Grouping of trees viewed from across the Croatan Sound in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Treetop against a clear blue sky in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Treetop against a clear blue sky in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flower along the Sawyer Lake Road in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Flower along the Sawyer Lake Road in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle sunning itself in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle sunning itself in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Twisted dead tree in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Twisted dead tree in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Billowing clouds over tall trees, bushes, brush and swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Billowing clouds over tall trees, bushes, brush and swamp in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge