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Carolina Raptor Center

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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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I discovered this by accident, but it was a highlight of a two week trip. The Carolina Raptor... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gary M
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Interesting outdoor setting

Having a little time during our weekend stay in Charlotte we made our way to the Raptor center and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
loves2travel6
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Raleigh, NC
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Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find on your walk around the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail? Over 30 species of raptors and other birds of prey are featured on this walk on the wild side. Owls and Vultures. Hawks and Eagles. Falcons, Corvids and other species that just don't fall into any of these categories. Have you seen a Bald Eagle up close? The Raptor Trail features a nesting pair of Bald Eagles who live out back in the Eagle Aviary. Our Spectacled Owl just can't wait to tell you what she thinks about living here at CRC, but you might have to listen carefully to what she has to say - she's a shy one. Did you know that Vultures and Corvids are some of the smartest birds around. No bird brains here! Lots of human mythology surrounds both of these families of avian brainiacs. Crows have been known to drop nuts into crosswalks so that cars can crack them and then wait for the light to change and retrieve the goodies! Behind the scenes at CRC is our Raptor Hospital, where we see approximately 900 raptor patients a year (please no songbirds or possums!). If you can't make our behind the scenes tour, don't worry, the exhibit "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital" will show you what goes on there - day and night.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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+1 704-875-6521
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Reviewed yesterday

I discovered this by accident, but it was a highlight of a two week trip. The Carolina Raptor Center is a Non Profit facility that rehabilitates injured raptors (and other larger birds). An easy trail leads to the housings for owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having a little time during our weekend stay in Charlotte we made our way to the Raptor center and were pleasantly surprised. It was interesting to learn about the habitat of local vultures, falcons and owls. We definitely left more educated than when we arrived....More

Thank loves2travel6
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a joy to find this gem set in a beautiful preserve. A must see. There were no bugs even though there was record humidity. The signage could be a bit better on the trails. We had a special time with the ravens.

Thank 283pamelag
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the shout out! We agree about signage. Working to make it better. Glad you had a great time with our ravens. Come again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly staff greeted us at the entrance. Nice walking trails through the woods with many different raptors on display - all of whom are here because they have been injured in some way that makes it impossible for them to survive in the wild....More

Thank travelingmom1998
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you had a lovely walk in the woods! Just curious -- what do you think we can do to make it less sad to see the birds? We are going for something a little more inspiring and exciting. Would love your feedback.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been in the past and thought we would take another trip earlier this year. Signage locating facility is poor. Has really declined the last few years in appearance and labeling of cages. Expensive for the limited amount of time you will spendMore

Thank jglewisjr01
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Raptor Friends: We are about to break ground on our new Raptor Trail and Environmental Education Center at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. We are very excited about this new facility, and our attention has certainly been divided over the past year. That said, we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This nature preserve is well designed for couples and families. Many of the birds are rescued and recuperating or are permanent residents. Take your time and enjoy the hands on discovery of nearly 60 bird varieties. You may hear ospreys calling or Ravens. All the...More

Thank ptajack
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review. Glad you got to have a conversation with our Ravens! We love it when the birds wake up and feel like interacting with our visitors. Come back again soon. Only 20 minute drive from Uptown Charlotte.

Reviewed 14 September 2017

The Vultures painting was the highlight. Staff and volunteers do a great job of explaining detai8ls about the birds. Nicely designed and organized.

Thank phyl_and_john
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Our vultures (and ravens) are artists extraordinaire! Thanks for the comments. Glad you got to interact with staff and volunteers. They do a great job for us!

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This place is a really cool place to visit as a family. It is good for all age kids. It is appropriate for couples as well. Very well maintained.

Thank wabfam
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This was my first visit here, I loved it. I am a huge Eagle lover along with all of these wonderful creations of God. The staff was excellent, friendly, and involved to make our visit the best ever. Jana, was our guide and did a...More

Thank awoodie
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Jayna is a great addition to our staff. She has been a camper and volunteer at the Raptor Center for many years (13!). We love growing Raptor kids! Sorry that you had to leave the Bald Eagles in their enclosure. I guarantee you, the novelty...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Learned a lot about raptors and local Hawks, owls and vultures. The Center has a hospital to treat injured birds so that they can eventually be released back into the wild. The Eagles are spectacular. Seeing a variety of raptors close up at the raptor...More

Thank pugd0gs
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thanks for your kind words! So glad you had a wonderful visit. Come back soon!

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YH112
12 July 2017|
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Response from wiseguys4jc | Reviewed this property |
No more than 2 hours. Depending on how fast you do the center you can finish in 1.5 .If you have kids they will want t play more so then you will be closer to 2. :0)
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Breeanna R
11 April 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hi Breeanna: Our trail is a hard packed screening gravel trail. The challenge for wheelchairs is that it has erosion control bars throughout that can get a bit bumpy. In terms of grade, it is about 75% flat with the vulture... More
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stevepearson2017
24 January 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for your inquiry about Carolina Raptor Center. The full trail walk is 3/4 of a mile. About 75% does not have a grade of over 10%. It is a hard packed trail with small (screening) gravel.
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