Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina

If you’re road tripping to the Outer Banks, or want to take a day trip while visiting, there are many National Wildlife Refuges and a National Forest close by with a range of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Right on our route, the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk was a perfect opportunity to stretch the legs a little.

Located behind the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center the ¾ mile looping boardwalk trail begins.

The habitat is unique and diverse. A pocosin is a deeply acidic type of wetland made up of peat soil. Peat takes a long time to build, 100 years to 1 inch.

On such a short walk we saw so much! Snakes,



and most exciting – a pileated woodpecker.

There are so many wildlife viewing opportunities here. Along the Atlantic Flyway, this is an exceptional spot for birding. Near to the northern boundary for gators, you may spot one. The red wolf was reintroduced to the area at the refuge, they are thriving. Watch out for the invasive rodent, the nutria as well. There are additional trails in the refuge to extend your time.

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