Contact Information, Directions, and Hours of Operation

Address and Contact Information

Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge
Kimberly Hayes, Refuge Manager
c/o Harris Neck NWR
5000 Wildlife Drive NE
Townsend, Georgia 31331
(912) 832-4608

Blackbeard Island NWR is managed as a unit of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex which is headquartered in Hardeeville, South Carolina. To contact the Complex headquarters call (843) 784-2468.


Blackbeard Island NWR is located in McIntosh County, GA, off the coast of Shellman Bluff. The refuge is only accessible by boat and visitors are responsible for providing their own transportation (personal or chartered boat). Visitors using their own boats may launch from Barbour River Landing, located at Harris Neck NWR (see below) There are a number of charter services and private boat captains operating out of Shellman Bluff.

Directions to Harris Neck NWR

From I-95, take Exit 67 (South Newport) and turn south onto U.S. Highway 17, towards Darien/Brunswick. In less than a mile, turn left onto Harris Neck Road (just past the Smallest Church in America). Continue on Harris Neck Road for approximately 7 miles to the refuge entrance on your left.

Visitor Contact Station

The Visitor Contact Station at Harris Neck NWR also serves as the local headquarters for Blackbeard Island. This facility is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding all federal holidays. There may be times when refuge staff are working in the field and this facility has to be temporarily closed. Here, visitors can pick up information about Blackbeard Island, as well as learn about the refuge through a series of interpretive exhibits. Indoor restrooms are also provided here. There are no restroom facilities on Blackbeard Island. 

Barbour River Landing

Barbour River Landing is a public boat ramp open from 4 AM to 12 midnight. To access this facility, keep driving on Harris Neck Road past the main refuge entrance until the road splits. At the split, keep left onto Barbour River Road and continue to the boat ramp parking lot.

Refuge Hours

All refuge lands (not including facilities mentioned above which have specific hours) are open during daylight hours, seven days a week, unless otherwise closed for management purposes.