Many visitors wonder if there are actually alligators on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The answer is-Yes! In years past, the Albemarle Sound, which is to the north of the refuge, was considered the northernmost tip of the American Alligator’s range. Today, due to climate change, alligators may be found further north including places like Merchant’s Millpond State Park in Gates County. Many times large ‘gators may be seen in the canal along Highway 64. Smaller ones are occasionally spotted along this trail in the marsh or walking across the trail. If you see an alligator, do not approach it! Give it plenty of space and observe from a distance. Usually, wildlife will move away from you since they are more fearful of humans than we are of them.