Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is free of charge to enter for all visitors. 

The following wildlife-dependent activities are permitted at Carolina Sandhills NWR: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education and interpretation. 

In addition, other activities that are allowed without a special permit include hiking, jogging, walking, road biking, mountain biking, and picnicking. These activities are restricted to daylight hours. Pets must be leashed at all times. Bicycling is restricted to refuge roads and levees; trails are designed for pedestrian traffic only.

Camping is restricted to youth organizations involved in outdoor skills development or learning. A Special Use Permit is required. Each group/organization will complete a service project determined by the refuge manager or provide a copy of research/species list of the organization is a class group. A fire ring is provided, however if the refuge is under fire danger/drought conditions, open fires will be prohibited. 

Any other recreational group or research activity not specifically mentioned above may require a Special Use Permit. Please contact the refuge manager for more information or to apply for a Special Use Permit. Email us at All provisions of Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations apply.