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Alligator River
Alligator River (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Alligator River (North Carolina)
Location of Alligator River mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Albemarle Sound
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Dare
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Pungo River, Lake Mattamuskeet and Alligator River
about 3 miles NW of Fairfield, North Carolina
2 ft (0.61 m)
River mouth Albemarle Sound
East Lake, North Carolina
0 ft (0 m)
Length 47.37 mi (76.23 km)
Basin features
Progression North
River system Albemarle Sound
Basin size 571.24 square miles (1,479.5 km2)
  • Left:
    New Lake Fork
    Northwest Fork
    Gum Neck Creek
    Goose Creek
    Second Creek
    Little Alligator River
  • Right:
    Swan Creek
    Whipping Creek
    Milltail Creek

Alligator River is a small river in eastern North Carolina, separating Dare County and Tyrrell County. It empties into Albemarle Sound. A 21-mile canal connects the Alligator River with Pungo River to its west. The Lindsey C. Warren Bridge of U.S. Route 64 crosses the river.

Alligator River is protected as part of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Habitat bordering the Refuge includes many diverse types including high and low pocosin, bogs, fresh and brackish water marshes, hardwood swamps, and Atlantic white cypress swamps. Plant species include pitcher plants and sun dews, low bush cranberries, redbay, Atlantic white cypress, pond pine, American sweetgum, red maple, and a wide variety of herbaceous and shrub species common to the East Coast.

The refuge is one of the premier strongholds for American black bear on the Eastern Seaboard. It also has concentrations of ducks, geese, and swans. The wildlife diversity includes wading birds, shorebirds, American woodcock, raptors, black bears, alligators, white-tailed deer, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail, northern river otters, red wolves, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and neotropical migrants.

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