Plan Your Visit


Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities to thousands of visitors every year.

Know Before You Go

  • Some areas may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted "Area Beyond This Sign Closed." 
  • Saltwater fishing and shellfishing are permitted in refuge tidal waters only. All freshwater ponds are closed to fishing and boating. 
  • Feeding, capturing, or hunting wildlife is strictly prohibited unless authorized by permit. 
  • Dogs, cats, and other pets are not permitted on the refuge. Service animals are welcome. 
  • Overgrowth on the trail shoulders and pathways off the wildlife drive may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects.  
  • Alligators may be encountered near any pond; it is potentially dangerous (and a violation of state and federal law) to feed or harass this reptile in any way. 
  • Mosquitoes and biting flies are prevalent during spring and summer months. Be sure to bring bug spray. 
  • Bicyclists should be cautious of potholes, puddles, and cactus when leaving the paved wildlife drive. 
  • There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather, except at the Visitor Contact Station. 
  • Drinking water is only available at the Visitor Contact Station. 
  • Restrooms are located at the refuge entrance and at the Visitor Contact Station. 
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when to expect your return. 

Points of Interest

  • Experience the interactive exhibits located inside the Visitor Contact Station 
  • View wildlife and habitat from the comfort of your vehicle by touring the 4-mile, paved wildlife drive. 
  • Explore over 15 miles of hiking and bicycling trails. 
  • During the summer months, check out the wading bird rookery at Woody Pond. 
  • Look for remnants of Harris Neck's rich history, including structures from the World War II Army Airfield and a fountain and reflecting pool that were part of the Lorillard Estate. 
  • FREE Junior Refuge Manager program for children ages 5 – 12.