Pea Island Travel Guide

  • Pea Island, NC
    Pea Island, NC
    by tpangelinan
  • Bird on a sign from a Refuge trail
    Bird on a sign from a Refuge trail
    by grandmaR
  • Pond in the winter
    Pond in the winter
    by grandmaR

Pea Island Things to Do

  • Guided Walks

    The MAJOR thing to do on Pea Island is to visit the Pea Island Wildlife Preserve. I have tried to put most of my pictures and tips in that location (URL below)This sign was outside the visitor's center. Unfortunately, we did not get there at 8 am for the guided walk.

  • Bird Watching

    Pea Island was named for the wild pea vine which grows in there abundance. (Note - spelled with an A)The refuge is a haven for more than 265 species of birds such as Canada and snow geese, more than 25 species of duck, tundra swan, heron, egret, tern, and many other birds that pass through during fall and spring migrations. We walked out along the...

  • Pea Island critter hunting

    Pea Island has some really nice walk ways for you to get closer to your subject, no matter if it is a the beach or over the salt marsh. These are nice wide walk ways good hand rails. So don't forget to bring your camera and extra batteries because you will be walking quit far.

  • Pea Island bird watching!

    Pea Island is a bird lovers sanctuary, make sure you bring plenty of camera stuff and batteries. I drove through here many times, I got thing shot going about 40mph. You could see for miles, many birds and great boardwalk for you to walk on to get deeper into the salt marsh. Take bug pray!!

  • View from the Oregon Inlet Bridge

    Terry took this great shot from the Oregon Inlet Bridge which clearly shows you what beach access & Fishing mean to the people that come here. Sorry I love my truck way too much to take it down there and put my baby between the ocean and a 5 foot wide slit of sand to be washed away in 1 good unexpected wave from mother nature, then what a fishin'...

  • The Oregon Inlet Bridge

    This is the Oregon Inlet Bridge on highway 12 heading north toward Nags Head. There are a few places to pull off and park. So don't go to fast and stay on the road for Heaven sakes, these shoulders are very soft sand and your car will sink.


Pea Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Sand Shoulders

    The roads have soft shoulders (tracks of vehicles can be seen in this picture). Signs warn against getting stuck off the road In addition, the FAQ says.1. The refuge is open daylight hours only (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset). The comfort station, located at the Visitor Center, is open 24 hours/day. Night time surf fishing is...

  • 4X4 Beach access is not permitted on Pea...

    4X4's are not permitted on Pea Island beaches. This is a National Wildlife Refuge so please follow the rules and only access the beach at designated areas. Check this link for beach saftey tips and up to date map of ramp locations. the Oregon Inlet down the 1st ramp is located in Rodanthe.

  • Keep the car on the road!

    There are some very long stretches in the Outer Banks where ther is nothing around but sand dunes and salt marsh. Hatteras Island which covers from the Oregon Inlet Bridge to the bottom of Hatteras village there are 2 long stretches and a few small. Along the side of the road the sand is very soft and you will have your car stuck. now you have to...


Pea Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Written May 6, 2005

    This area was historically used for market waterfowl hunting, commercial fishing, farming, and livestock operations. Hunting is no longer allowed.

    Surf fishing is the big thing here. Pea Island offers access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound for saltwater fishing. Fishing is subject to State and local regulations, seasons, and bag limits.

    One of the refuge goals is to provide opportunities for public enjoyment of wildlife and wildlands resources. Public use programs focus on interpretation, environmental education, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and fishing.

    Only the use of pole and line, rod and reel, or cast net is permitted in the refuge which encompasses the whole island.

    Equipment: Report:
    Caught a 31 lb striper in the surf today. 42" long 24.5" girth. Taken on cut mullet.

    Rod storage racks
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Budget Travel
    • Fishing

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Pea Island Favorites

  • Former Lighthouse Location

    When we went to the aquarium on Roanoke Island, we saw that the Bodie Island lighthouse had originally been on Pea Island. This shows that short section of pictures of the old lighthouse there.After the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was build, Congress appropriated the funds for an additional lighthouse on Pea Island. It was 10 years though before the...

  • Please help protect the Dunes!

    All these dunes in the Outer Banks are protected so please take care not to walk or drive on them, you will get a ticket with fines! These dunes are a part of a delicate ecos-ystem and must be preserved. Thank You

  • Parking along the highway 12 fpr bird...

    There are several parking lots along Route 12 the are safe to park in, and go bird hunting or what ever you may be serching for in this wonderful wildlife refuge. Take your camera and lots of batteries, you don't want to have that perfect shot and run out of batteries!


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