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Carolina Sandhills
National Wildlife Refuge


23734 Highway 1
McBee, SC   29101
E-mail: carolinasandhills@fws.gov
Phone Number: 843-335-8401
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/carolinasandhills
Longleaf pine wiregrass ecosystem
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge offers numerous educational opportunities for school children, civic organizations, universities, and the general public. If you are interested in these activities, please contact the refuge headquarters for additional information.

Fishing
Sport fishing is permitted on approximately 310 acres of water in over 20 lakes and pools. These impoundments are open for fishing year round unless otherwise designated. Largemouth bass and bluegill are the most common species fished. Boat ramps are provided at certain lakes while others require hand loading and unloading. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for specific information.

Hunting
Limited hunting is permitted for several species on portions of the refuge. White-tailed deer hunts are held each fall for Archery, Primitive Weapons, and Modern Gun. A white-tailed deer youth hunt is also held for young hunters ages 10 to 15 with parental or guardian supervision. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for specific information.

Turkey hunts are held in the spring of each year on portions of the refuge. A turkey youth hunt is also held for young hunters ages 10 to 15 with parental or guardian supervision. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for specific information.

Wildlife Observation
Nine miles of paved wildlife drive offers excellent opportunities for visitors to view wildlife. This self-tour is open to vehicles, bike, and foot pedestrians and transects the heart of the refuge as it passes along fresh water ponds, upland pine forests, cultivated fields, wetland areas, and Lake Bee Recreation Area. This drive provides an opportunity to view a wide array of both upland and wetland wildlife. The Wildlife Drive can be accessed at the refuge headquarters or by Highway 145.

Two hiking trails and one interpretive trail are present on the refuge. Tate's Trail (3 miles) begins at the Martin's Lake Observation Tower and runs parallel to Martin's Lake and Pool D, making a loop around Lake 12 ending at the Lake Bee Recreation Area. Woodland Pond Trail (1 mile) passes through wetlands and mixed upland pines and hardwoods providing excellent opportunities for viewing songbirds, such as Bachman's sparrow. The Longleaf Pine Interpretive Trail (1/4 mile) with interpretive brochure and map focuses on the longleaf pine ecosystem.

The refuge also offers two observation towers (one at Martin's Lake and one at Oxpen Lake), a photography blind, & wildlife interpretive displays at the refuge headquarters and the Lake Bee Recreation Area.




Hours
Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday; Closed Saturday and Sunday. Wildlife Drive and outdoor facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees for entry to the refuge.

Use Fees
$12.50 for the Refuge Quota Turkey Hunt
 
 
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