Plan Your Visit


The refuge is located six miles south of Columbia, NC off Highway 94 on the east and 18 miles south of Plymouth, NC on Highway 45 on the west.  The Administrative Office and the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds (the refuge Visitor Center) are located on US Highway 64 in Columbia, NC.

Also of interest, the Red Wolf Center is located 1 mile south on Highway 94.  

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique habitats and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allows for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Office is open Monday – Friday 8 am to 3pm. Closed on all Federal Holidays.
The Walter B. Jones, Sr. Center for the Sounds is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

 The Red Wolf Education and Health Care Facility (Red Wolf Center), located 1 mile south on Highway 94, is open Thursdays - Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.  


Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 329 (mailing),
205 South Ludington Dr.
Columbia, NC 27925
Points of Interest     
• Take a walk on the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk located behind the visitor center in Columbia.  
• Visit the observation platform for optimal viewing on the shores of Pungo Lake or take a walk along Duck Pen trail located on the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes. This half mile trail leads visitors to a blind constructed for viewing wintering waterfowl and migratory birds on Pungo Lake. 
• Grab, print out, or download one of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Pungo Unit Regulations and Visitor Information  brochures. The brochure contains information on ideal observation points throughout the refuge.  
• Biting insects and ticks are numerous along trails during summer months. Use of insect repellant is advised. 
• Many black bears roam throughout the refuge. If you encounter a bear, never run. Instead of running, let the bear know you are there by backing up slowly while waving your arms above your head and speaking loudly. 
• Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when to expect your return.
• Be aware cottonmouth snakes and other reptiles may be encountered at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.