Visit Us

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 the Hobe Sound Nature Center for more information on educational programs.

Entrance Fees

An entrance pass is required for vehicles at the Refuge Beach parking lot located on North Beach Road at the north end of Jupiter Island at the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge entrance passes are $5 per day or $25 per annual pass. Entrance to the Mainland Tract and visitor center located off U.S. Highway 1 is free. Entrance fees are waived if the visitor is in possession of a valid daily, annual, or lifetime pass. All passes admit the pass-holder and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle. Money collected is used to directly improve visitor experiences and assist with the cost of providing safe and meaningful experiences to refuge visitors.

Online Pass Sales: Refuge annual and daily digital passes may be purchased online before visiting the Refuge Beach parking lot located on North Beach Road at the north end of Jupiter Island. Digital passes may be displayed on a mobile device or printed out for display. Buy Your Pass Online through Recreation.gov.

Onsite Pass Sales: Refuge daily and annual passes, Federal Duck Stamps, and America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes are available for sale (cash or check only) onsite. Pass sales are available at the fee booth on Fridays from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm, and Saturdays/Sundays from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The refuge accepts payment in the form of cash or a check, make checks payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Daily fees must be deposited in the metal canister located at the beach entrance.

Commercial Van or Bus Entrance Fees: A commercial tour entrance fee is charged based on the seating capacity of the vehicle. The fee is $25.00 for up to 25 passengers, and $50.00 for 26 or more passengers. Please contact staff at least two weeks in advance to avoid conflict with other groups.

2022 Fee Free Days

  • January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • February 21: Presidents’ Day

  • June 19: Juneteenth

  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Act

  • September 24: National Public Lands Day

  • October 9: National Wildlife Refuge Week

  • November 11: Veterans Day

 

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) $25.00
Annual Pass to all National Wildlife Refuges. Valid July 1 – June 30 annually. Learn more about the Federal Duck Stamp.

America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes
A suite of annual and lifetime passes provides U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access over 2,000 federal recreation sites. Passes include the Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass, Senior Pass (annual and lifetime), U.S. Military Pass, and Access Pass for permanently disabled U.S. Citizens. Visit the U.S. Geological Survey website to learn more about America the Beautiful Federal Recreational Lands Passes.

    Activities

    A wide array of recreational activities are available on the refuge.

    Trails

    Embark on a journey through the rare and unique Florida sand pine scrub and hardwood hammock habitats.

    Related Documents

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    Other Facilities in the Complex

    Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

    Rules and Policies

    Permitted

    • Refuge beaches and trails are open from sunrise to sunset. 
    • Hiking, wildlife observation, and photography only in areas open to public use and on designated trails. 
    • Boating, canoeing and kayaking in coastal waters - U.S. Coast Guard, state, and refuge regulations apply. 
    • Sport fishing permitted. Only the use of rods and reels or poles and lines is permitted and they must be attended at all times. Only two poles per angler. State and refuge regulations apply.
    • Well behaved, leashed dogs are permitted ONLY on the trails around the Visitor Center.
    • Firearms and weapons possession in compliance with Federal and State Law.
    • Be aware of Manatee Protection Zones in the area and pat attention to regulatory signs identifying Manatee Zones.  

     

    Prohibited

    • The taking, harassing, injuring, feeding, enticing or disturbing wildlife and plants.
    • Taking of turtles, turtle eggs, or any other wildlife of any kind.
    • The release of any animals or plants into the Refuge.
    • Metal detectors and searching for and taking of artifacts or objects of antiquity on the Refuge.
    • All litter must be removed from the refuge and placed in proper trash receptacles.
    • Pets of any kind at the Atlantic Coast Beach. (Well behaved, leashed dogs are permitted on the trails around the Visitor Center.)
    • Commercial fishing of any kind.
    • Motorcycles, ATV’s, or other motorized vehicles of any type off of paved roads.
    • Camping, fires of any type, hunting, nudity, commercial activities and spotlighting wildlife are not permitted.
    • Entry into areas posted as closed.
    • The use of aircraft, manned or unmanned, including drones is prohibited on Refuge lands. Landing of manned-aircraft is permitted only in emergency situations.

    Locations

    Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
    13640 US Highway 1 Hobe Sound, FL 33455-3618
    Driving Directions

    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.