This refuge that covers 13 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore land is definitely humble in its advertising. You won’t find huge neon signs pointing the way but simply an undeveloped, jewel in nature that offers serene nature trails and unmatched, gorgeous views. For guests who stay with us at the White Doe Inn, this serene haven is a perfect place to spend the day and explore. Grab a picnic lunch and your camera and you are all set.
The wildlife refuge dates back to 1937 when the government decided to save this parcel of land as a breeding ground and refuge for migratory birds and wildlife. In the early years visitors would flock to the area for fishing and hunting of ducks, geese, and fowl although today hunting is not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of birds make a pit stop on this stretch of land so you will still be able to “capture” some great bird species through the lens of your camera. There are nearly 400 species of migrating birds and other kinds of wildlife that it can be a whole new canvas of wildlife in front of you each time you visit. For bird lovers out there, the refuge provides a great list with pictures of all of the birds that you can look for.
The North Pond Wildlife Trail starts right behind the visitor’s center and has three observation platforms and a boardwalk that goes right over the turtle pond that is full of freshwater turtles! There is a boat ramp at New Inlet should you want to explore the coastline by kayak or canoe. There are also many guided interpretive tours and programs that you can take advantage of if you would like to get more of an up close and personal look of the area.
There is still time to fit in a getaway to Manteo, NC before summer winds down. We would love to have you stay with us at White Doe Inn. Our historic Victorian home is located close to all that you would want to see on Roanoke Island. Call us today at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information or you can check availability online.