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In this book, you'll find the latest information-including websites, phone numbers and directions-for state and national parks, wildlife refuges, nature preserves, game lands, bird sanctuaries, and national forests in the coastal region. It provides an overview of the area's rich natural history, as well as pointing out when and where you can see specific flora and fauna at each location.
Along with outdoor pursuits, this guide will steer you to the best historic sites, museums, and aquariums in the coastal region. These include newly opened and renovated facilities such as the magnificent Whalehead Club, the Core Sound Wildlife Museum, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. From Elizabeth City to Calabash, this guides provides details for where to go and what to see in all of the coastal towns. It even includes top picks of restaurants and lodgings.
A sample of the activities described in The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina's Coast:
-Sign up for a wolf howling at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
-Hike the trails in the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
-Hang-glide off the sand dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park
-Deep-sea fish for marlin out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
-Canoe the Roanoke River Canoe Trail and camp on a wooden platform
-Observe tundra swans migrating through Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
-Watch sea turtles crawl on to the beach at night on Bald Head Island
-Hunt for Venus flytraps in the Green Swamp
-Sea kayak out to Bear Island
Author Bio: JOHN MANUEL, who has an M.A. in environmental planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, has published articles in Audubon, Backpacker, Canoe & Kayak, and Friend of Wildlife. He teaches environmental writing at the Duke Young Writer's Camp and is a team leader for the Haw River Stream Watch program. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.