Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region


Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is located in the northern region of North Carolina's Outer Banks. The 4,329-acre refuge is managed by the staff of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge office is located 1 mile from the VA/NC state-line off highway 615 Knotts Island, NC.

Currituck NWR consists of several units. These units are separated by private residences, land owned by The Nature Conservancy, and the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Currituck Marsh Unit and the Station Landing Marsh Unit are surrounded by water and private property and are only accessible by boat. The northernmost unit, Tract 15, is accessible off of Ocean Pearl Road. The Monkey Island and Swan Island Units are accessible by driving north on NC Route 12 from Kitty Hawk, NC. The paved road ends in Corolla, NC, about three-quarters of a mile south of the Monkey Island Unit. Travel along the beachfront is required to reach these units. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required for beach driving. All the refuge units are accessible by boat from the Currituck Sound.

Last Updated: 8/6/14