Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tours

Our Alligator River kayak tour is our maximum adventure tour! On this Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge kayak tour, explore this very unusual habitat and learn all about its exotic wildlife. Alligators call this wildlife refuge home along with rare endangered red wolves, and a variety of unique birds that are native to the island. Alligators are shy creatures but they can be found in some of the canals and larger waterways of the refuge. Outer Banks Kayak Adventures expert kayak guides will lead you on a unique adventure searching for these prehistoric creatures. It’s not unusual to find alligators in the water or lounging along the shore.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat to an extensive list of over 250 bird species. On our kayak tours we often see Prothonotary Warblers, Wood Ducks, Northern Cardinals, Killdeer, Red-bellied Wood Peckers, Hairy Wood Peckers, and Pileated Wood Peckers. The refuge is also home to the largest concentration of black bears on the east coast. Black Bears can sometimes be seen roaming or relaxing on land, or climbing the trees. While touring the Alligator River, discover the history of moonshiners in this area while kayaking beneath grand bald cypress and loblolly pine trees. Our Alligator River kayak tour is an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss! This is an excellent two-hour tour suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers of all ages.

Tour length: Approximately 2 hours
Prices: $50 per person / $35 for children ages 12 and under

Driving Directions: GPS: Use Google Maps to: “Buffalo City, NC”.
Take 64W and cross bridge to Roanoke Island. Stay straight and cross 2nd bridge, Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Continue 9.6 miles and look for a sign on the right for Buffalo City Rd. It will say: “Buffalo City Rd, Paddling Trails 2 miles”. Make the very next left (1/10 of a mile) onto Buffalo City Rd and continue approximately 2 miles to the end of this gravel road and you’ll see the put in. Please be sure to park on the right-hand side of the road.
Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

Alligator River Kayak Tours and Times

Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides the best kayaking experience on the OBX. We use American-made Perception Kayaks which are known for being extremely versatile, making it the top choice for beginner and intermediate paddlers. If you are not very experienced with kayaking and SUP (stand up paddle boarding) fear not! Before each of our tours, Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides a paddle lesson on land before you begin, ensuring that you and your group have the experience they need before paddling.

There are NO shoe or clothing requirements. Along with kayaks, Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides the paddles and life jackets. We offer single and tandem (double) kayaks and we use sit on top style hybrid kayaks, making it easy for you to get in and out. Please be sure to select the number of tandem (double) kayaks you’d like for your tour when making the online reservation. We recommend children 12 and under paddle in a tandem (double) kayak with an adult, but it’s not a requirement. If your child is ages 10-12 years old and you’re super confident in their kayaking ability, you can request that your child paddle a single kayak (please do so only if you’re certain your child can paddle the entire trip). Unless requested otherwise, all children ages 12 and under will be placed in a tandem (double) kayak with an adult.