Visitor Activities

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  • Self Guided Nature Trail

    Embark on a 0.5-mile journey through the rare and unique Florida sand pine scrub and hardwood hammock habitats, which will lead you to the Indian River Lagoon. The Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is unique because over half of the plant and animal species that inhabit the area can only be found here! Keep an eye out; you may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, snakes, scrub lizards, spotted skunks, and much more!

    View the Self Guided Nature Trail brochure

  • Fishing

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    Sport fishing is permitted on the Refuge at the Indian River Lagoon beach and the Atlantic Coast beach; all state and Refuge regulations apply. We ask that all fishermen please make use of the fishing line disposal containers. 

  • Wildlife Viewing

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    A wide variety of animals can be seen on the Refuge. Shorebirds and seabirds flock to the Refuge beach. Reptiles, amphibians and fish can be seen on display at the Visitor Center as well as along the Refuge trails.

  • Environmental Education

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    The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. is a non-profit environmental education organization that partners with the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. They are located at the Refuge headquarters and operate the Refuge Visitor Center. Their mission is to promote environmental awareness and education to the community through on- and off-site presentations for school groups, nighttime sea turtle walks, scrub tours, summer camp programs at the Refuge, and numerous other special events. To learn more about the Center’s programs and events please visit their website at:

    An Interpretive Trail Guide to our Sand Pine Scrub Trail can be obtained at our Visitor Center. On our trails you can read interpretive signs that have information about the Indian River Lagoon’s mangrove ecosystems, the role of fire, hurricanes, lichens, plant life, gopher tortoises, and early history.

  • Photography

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    Scenic photography opportunities are boundless at the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. You can capture amazing sunrises when the Refuge opens at the Indian River Lagoon beach or the Atlantic Ocean beach. Our trails also provide great wildlife photography opportunities including a beautiful view of an osprey nest.

  • Hunting

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    Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is settled among urban areas and busy roads. Therefore, hunting is prohibited.

  • Dog Walking

    Dog Walking

    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.

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