All areas of Carolina
Sandhills NWR are open to foot traffic. However, the following trails are
maintained for public use.
Woodland Pond Nature Trail
This trail is located
approximately one mile from the refuge office at Pool A. The Woodland Pond
Trail is one mile in length, and passes through wetlands, upland pine, and a
small open area. It loops around Pool A, so you'll return to where you've
parked. This is a good trail for viewing songbirds. (Caution: biting horseflies maybe present in abundance during the late spring and summer along this trail.)
Longleaf Pine Trail
From the refuge
headquarters, drive approximately one mile to the parking area opposite Pool A.
This nature trail is one-quarter mile in length.
This trail is 3.5 miles in
length. It provides a number of bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. You
can access this trail at Martin's Lake, along Visitors Drive at Pool D, or in
the Lake Bee Recreation Area.
This 1/4-mile trail with interpretive signage leads
to a photoblind on Martin’s Lake, known for waterfowl viewing October through
Pine Barrens Gentian Trail
This 6/10 of a mile
trail starts at the information kiosk located on the south side of the Wildlife
Drive, east of SC Highway 145. The trail
follows an old logging road to Lake 12 where you can extend your hike on Tate’s
Trail. In October, look for the
diminutive Pine Barrens Gentian, a purple wildflower.
The refuge has recently
completed a new observation tower at the Oxpen area. This tower offers a
panoramic view of the area including lakes, fields and thousands of acres of
forestland. Follow the Wildlife Drive from the refuge
headquarters past the Lake Bee Recreation Area to reach the Oxpen tower. You will enter the Oxpen area
at mile point 8, and you will see a sign for the tower on the right side of the
road. Follow the gravel road until you reach the tower on your left.