Plan Your Visit


Points of Interest     

Perfect for nature photography, birding, hiking, biking, and nature observations. Concentrations of snow and Canada geese, ducks, warblers, shovelers, osprey and other raptors, wading birds, and shorebirds. An active wood duck breeding population is present, along with a variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals. 


Insect repellent, sun screen are a must.

Certain areas are closed during specific times of the year

Wear sneakers, comfortable walking shoes

Be aware cottonmouth and other reptiles call Mackay Island home.

Mackay Island provides numerous recreation opportunities for visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Roads throughout the refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.

Horseback riding is prohibited on the refuge.

Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Bicycling is allowed only on designated public access routes. It is not allowed on trails or roads closed to public vehicles.

Fishing is allowed as per state regulations.

Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted. Gasoline or other internal combustion engines are prohibited. If these types of motors are permanently affixed or built into the boat, they must be temporarily rendered inoperable by removing gas tanks, batteries, etc.

Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the North Carolina state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.

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