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Rules and Regulations

There are many fun and interesting things to do and see during your visit to Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, but it is our job to ensure the habitat that our wildlife calls "home" is protected. Below are a few guidelines to help keep both visitors and wildlife safe.


  • The refuge is open during daylight hours only; overnight use and/or camping (including campfires) are not permitted.
  • The refuge dock on Blackbeard Creek is available to visitors for loading and unloading purposes only; mooring there is not permitted. 
  • Some areas may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted "Area Beyond This Sign Closed."
  • Feeding, capturing, or harassing wildlife is strictly prohibited unless authorized by permit.
  • All of the refuge's archaeological and natural resources are protected. Artifact hunting/collecting is not allowed.
  • Do not pick or cut vegetation.
  • The use of drones on the refuge is prohibited.
  • Dogs, cats, and other pets are not permitted on the refuge.
  • Hikers and bicyclers are encouraged to stay on marked trails.
  • Shell collectors are asked to take no live shells and to limit collecting to a handful.
  • The refuge, unless otherwise posted, is open to hiking, biking, wildlife observation, interpretation, environmental education, and photography. It is also open, in certain areas and times of the year, to hunting and fishing; review refuge hunting and fishing regulations for details.


Last Updated: May 10, 2016
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