Plan Your Visit

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Sunrise at Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

The headquarters and visitor center are located on the mainland portion of the Refuge on U.S. Federal Highway 1, two miles south of Bridge Road (State Road 708) in Hobe Sound, Florida. It is located 15 miles north of Jupiter and 20 miles south of Stuart in Martin County, Florida. At the headquarters you can visit an exhibit room featuring live animals, interactive displays and a gift shop operated by the Hobe Sound Nature Center, a nonprofit partner of the Refuge. You can also walk a short nature trail through sand pine scrub and coastal hammock habitats to the Indian River Lagoon. With more than 121,000 visitors a year, children of all ages learn about the beauty and importance of these unique Florida environments. There are also many educational programs offered by the Hobe Sound Nature Center including turtle walks, summer camps, evening forums, and scrub tours. Please visit for more information on educational programs.


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For More Information:


Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge 
13640 U.S. Highway 1 
Hobe Sound, FL 33475-0645
PHONE: (772) 546-6141 
FAX: (772) 545-7572


Points of Interest . . . 

The Refuge Visitor Center

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Juvenile Gopher Tortoise on exhibit at the Visitor Center

The Refuge Visitor Center is free and open Monday through Saturday, 9am-3pm. Here you can see a diverse array of reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects along with some interpretive displays. The Visitor Center is operated by a non-profit partner of the Refuge, the Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. also operates a gift shop within the Visitor Center.

Visitor Center Doorway 
Visitor Center displays

Indian River Lagoon

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The Indian River Lagoon beach can be accessed from the Visitor Center Parking lot. Here visitors can enjoy the mellow atmosphere with minimal waves. Fishing is also popular in this area.

Collectively, the entire Indian River Lagoon is the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere and provides habitat for over 2,200 animals and 2,100 species of plants, 35 of which are listed as threatened or endangered.

Hiking Trails

Lagoon Trail
Lagoon Trail

Several short trails are located around the Visitor Center. These trails explore the sand pine scrub, hardwood hammock and mangrove habitats. While hiking our trails, it’s not uncommon to see a gopher tortoise munching on grass, an osprey bringing fish to its young, or a mangrove crab scurrying across the sand. In total there are 1.5 miles of trails. Leashed dogs are permitted in this area of the Refuge only.

Atlantic Ocean Beach

Atlantic Ocean Beach
Hobe Sound Beach

Located on Jupiter Island at the north end of North Beach Road, we manage one of the largest contiguous sections of undeveloped beach in Southeast Florida. Here you can enjoy the sunshine either while fishing, viewing wildlife, sunbathing, or just taking a nice walk along the 3.5 mile stretch of beach.

Know Before You Go . . .

  • The best place to start your visit is the FREE Visitor Center which is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Short hiking trails and access to the Indian River Lagoon beach are located around the Visitor Center and access is permitted sunrise to sunset. 
  • The Atlantic Ocean beach located at the very north end of Jupiter Island is open from sunrise to sunset. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Learn more about refuge Hours and Entrance Fees.
  • Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed ONLY on the trails around the Visitor Center. Dogs are NOT permitted on the Atlantic Ocean beach in order to limit disturbance to wildlife and habitat. Visit our Dog Walking page for a map and to learn more.
  • As always in Florida, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, hats, and comfortable shoes when you visit!