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Plan Your Visit

Aerial view of the refuge - USFWS.

The refuge is open everyday of the year from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. The visitor center is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am to 4:00pm and on weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm from April 1 to Thanksgiving with a limited schedule after Thanksgiving. The visitor center is wheelchair accessible and has educational displays and videos. The visitor center features multimedia exhibits, an auditorium where visitors can view nature films, information on things to do and places to see, and the Friends Store at Prime Hook gift shop (operated by the Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge).

The refuge offers a memorable experience for everyone. Avid photographers can enjoy the beauty of wildlife from a photography blind and wheel-chair accessible observation platform. Visitors can connect with nature by strolling down six miles of walking trails or from their vehicles along the four State roads crossing through the refuge. Hunters flock to Prime Hook for deer, waterfowl, upland game birds, and other small game. Two ponds and our seven-mile Prime Hook Creek offer fishing and canoeing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enhance their understanding of natural resources through festivals, lecture & environmental education programs, and interpretive displays and activities.

Know Before You Go

  • During the warmer months at the refuge, mosquitoes and other biting insects can be very bothersome. Deer flies occur in large numbers on the refuge from June through August. Ticks are common on the refuge and can transmit Lyme disease. Please stay on all designated trails and take appropriate precautions to avoid ticks and other insects.
  • Poison ivy is also common on the refuge and is contagious during all seasons. Staying on established trails is the best way to avoid poison ivy.
  • Carrying a water bottle, particularly during the warmer months, is always a good idea when visiting the refuge.
  • To protect wildlife and their habitat and to provide the best opportunities in wildlife observation and photography, it is important not to disturb, injure, or damage plants and animals on the refuge. In fact, it is a prohibited act as stated in 50 CFR 27.51. This disturbance includes flushing birds and other wildlife or using mechanical or electronic devices to lure birds closer for observation or photography. Please remember to take only memories and photographs and leave only footprints.
  • Check the website or call to find out about refuge rules and regulations and any refuge road closures during inclement weather and the hunting season.
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013
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