8. Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge

Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north shore of the Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina, consists of irregularly flooded brackish marsh and forested wetlands. 8,800 acres of the refuge is designated as Swanquarter National Wilderness Area. The refuge provides habitat and protection for migratory waterfowl and other birds including bald eagles, osprey, wading birds and shorebirds. It also supports one of the northernmost populations of the American alligator. Saltwater fishing, either by boat or pier, is permitted on the refuge. Commonly caught species include Atlantic croaker, spot, weakfish, spotted seatrout, Atlantic flounder, red drum and bluefish. Part of the marsh is open to duck and coot hunting in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations. Crabbing, wildlife observation and photography are also permitted on the refuge. Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is administered by the staff of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Mattamuskeet for more information.