The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, located in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, is one of the Southeast’s premier sites for viewing the rapidly diminishing longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem.
Two firefighters supervising a prescribed burn fire
Controlled Burns

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge conducts controlled burning operations from February through June annually and periodically during September and October.  Controlled burning, also called prescribed burning, is the intentional application of fire to meet land management objectives and is essential to maintain the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem that dominates the refuge. Learn more here.

For more information about the Refuge’s prescribed fire program or to see if a planned burn may impact your visit, you may contact the Refuge Office (843/335-8350 or carolinasandhills@fws.gov ).

Visit Us

National Wildlife Refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. There are a multitude of opportunities for recreation and experiences with wildlife at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. 

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge was created to provide habitat for migratory birds, to demonstrate sound management practices that enhance natural resource conservation, and to provide wildlife-oriented recreation opportunities. In addition, the refuge supports a recovery population of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

      Our Species

      Rolling beds of deep, sandy soils provide the foundation for Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last great vestiges of the longleaf pine ecosystem. The refuge also has habitats of streamside pocosins (translated “swamp on a hill”), open fields, hardwood ridges, wetlands and open water ponds.  Home to the rare and the ordinary, this refuge typifies the unique biological diversity of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

      Our Library

      Visit our digital library to find refuge brochures and documents.

      Get Involved

      Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow through an internship or volunteering.