In The Community


Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is located in Currituck County in the northeastern corner of North Carolina. The refuge is named for the county where it is located. The refuge’s approved acquisition boundary lies entirely in Currituck County (population 18,190).  The refuge is within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a popular summer vacation destination.


The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia (population 425,257) is about 27 miles north of the refuge. Other nearby cities include Chesapeake, Virginia (population 199,184), 27 miles northwest; and Norfolk, Virginia (population 234,403), about 31 miles northwest.


The refuge covers a total of 4,570 acres in fee title ownership and 3,931 acres in conservation easements. It is bounded by Currituck Sound on the west; the Atlantic Ocean on the east; the city of Virginia Beach on the north; and Dare County, North Carolina, on the south.