Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The North Carolina Coast Sights

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

  • 15440 Rte. 12 Map It
  • Rodanthe
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 10/22/2014

Fodor's Review

This refuge is made up of 5,834 acres of marsh on the Atlantic Flyway. To bird watchers' delight, more than 365 species have been sighted from its observation platforms and spotting scopes and by visitors who venture into the refuge. Pea Island is home to threatened peregrine falcons, piping plovers, and tundra swans, which winter here. A visitor center on Route 12 has an information display and maps of the two trails. Remember to douse yourself in bug spray, especially

in spring. Guided canoe tours are available for a fee.

Read More

Sight Information


15440 Rte. 12, Rodanthe, North Carolina, 27954, United States

Map It



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–4

Updated 10/22/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

By Cindy

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Sep 19, 2002

For the birds

If you are into birding be sure to spend a day at Pea Island. It's great. Can be very buggy - so be prepared. Several pull-off areas and boardwalks. Bring a scope. The ranger station has a bird list. Be careful on the highway - the traffic is very fast and there's no room for error, so only bird from the pull-offs.

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss