Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Administration Office and Visitor Center

23734 U.S. Highway 1
McBee, SC 29101
(843) 335-8350 

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am until 3:30 pm

DirectionsCarolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 70 miles northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, and 75 miles southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. The main entrance is on US Highway 1, about 4 miles northeast from the small town of McBee, S.C. The nearest larger town with full services is Hartsville, S.C.

Points of Interest

The refuge’s paved Visitors Drive, along with 100 + miles of sand and gravel roads, provides access for wildlife observation and photography. 

Lake Bee Area: Picnic shelters and tables, along with restrooms, are available. The lake edge provides good birding, and red-cockaded woodpeckers are usually seen and heard here. Notable plants and animals found in this area include brown-headed nuthatches, several carnivorous plants, and the rare Pine Barrens tree frog. Nearby Pool H and Triple Lakes host wood ducks and other waterfowl in appropriate seasons.

Oxpen Area: Home to white tailed deer, turkey, hawks, waterfowl, and small mammals. It is also a popular fishing area and home to a variety of wildflowers. The seepage bog near Oxpen Lake includes a large population of carnivorous plants. An observation tower provides a scenic view.

Martin’s Lake Area: The terminus of Tate’s Trail, Martin’s Lake has ample parking and a few picnic tables on the south side of the lake.  On the north side of the lake, the short Tripod Trail leads to a photography blind where you may get candid shots of wildlife without alerting them of your presence.  This area provides a good view of diverse habitats, including wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, upland pine-scrub oaks, and open areas.  Migrating waterfowl such as teal, black ducks, mallards, and Canada geese are commonly seen on Martin’s Lake during winter months.

Know Before You Go

  • The refuge is open (except designated closed areas) from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.
  • Pets should be leashed or under voice command.  Please clean up after your pet. 
  • Fishing is permitted in all lakes except Martin’s Lake in accordance with State and refuge regulations.  A South Carolina fishing license is required.
  • Only boats with electric motors are permitted; gas motors are prohibited. 
  • Swimming and wading are prohibited.
  • Hunting is permitted during specific seasons in accordance with applicable State regulations and specific refuge regulations. A free refuge permit is required for all hunts and must be carried while hunting, and is not valid until signed. Permits are non-transferable. 
  • Camping, overnight parking, open fires, alcoholic beverages, and littering are prohibited. 
  • Federal law protects all government property, including natural, historical, and archaeological features. Searching for or removing objects of antiquity or other value is strictly prohibited. 
  • Please do not pick flowers or remove any vegetation. 
  • Trails are designated for foot traffic only. 
  • To make your visit more enjoyable, you may wish to bring insect repellent and drinking water.