Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, Beaufort

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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina, is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles (8 km) east of the Atlantic Ocean and about 40mi northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11000acre of irregularly flooded, brackish marsh and 3480acre of pocosin and woodland habitat. The dominant marsh plants include black needlerush, saltmarsh cordgrass, saltmeadow hay, and saltgrass. The woodland areas are dominated by loblolly, longleaf and pond pine. Live oak is also abundant on some upland sites. The marsh and surrounding waters provide wintering habitat for thousands of ducks and nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds.
Mammalian species that inhabit this refuge are gray squirrel, marsh rabbit, white-tailed deer, raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, river otter, fox, and opossum.
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  • We got there about 6am hoping to catch a sunrise. Not only was it a gorgeous sunrise, we shared it with a few dozen wild horses and cows! Definitely worth the trip! Quiet, peaceful and beautiful!  more »
  • Had an awesome time! Went early in the morning to get sunrise pictures and got pictures of the wild horses and cows that roam the beach. Not only did we get a great walk in we also got to experience n...  more »
  • Great peaceful location, low light pollution area that allows a beautiful view of the milky way in the night sky. Great fishing, boating and kayaking locations are everywhere. Take a ferry ride over to ocracoke for even more beaches. You really need to go visit the barrier islands and miles of beaches
  • It's a nice waterfront property with plenty of wildlife.

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