Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge and Charles Kuralt Trail

The Roanoke River Wildlife Refuge offers one marked trail (the Charles Kuralt Trail) and numerous unmarked trails. The Charles Kuralt trail is approx. one mile long and is located approximately 2 miles north of Williamston, NC. This trail is well marked with a sign along the highway and features a parking area and a kiosk containing interpretive panels about the Charles Kuralt Trail system, the Roanoke River Refuge and the surrounding habitat. The unmarked trails include the natural river levees and old logging roads. All sites, except along US HWYs 13/17, require a boat. To minimize wildlife disturbance, pets are not allowed on the refuge.

Exceptional birding is possible in the Roanoke River wetlands from March through June, but is best from mid-April through mid-May. One-hundred and ninety-one birds have been identified along or near the refuge including fifty-one species of neotropical migrants. The natural river levees and trails off US HWYs 13/17 and the Kuralt Trail are favored locations for birders. There are also excellent opportunities to view and photograph birds and animals from the river along the refuge. Bald eagles, ospreys, otter and deer are just a few of the species you may run across.

Refuge Headquarters are open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Refuge lands are open to the public daily, dawn to dusk, except during permitted hunts.

Location: Two miles north of Williamston, NC off Hwy 17/13
Phone: 252-794-3808