Image of birders on an overlook

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its wildlife observation and photographic opportunities. Many facilities provide easy access to picturesque views and abundant wildlife. In addition, several observation towers afford commanding views of the refuge and surrounding lands and waters. Several miles of self-guided foot trails meander through dune, shrub, marsh, and other refuge habitats. The refuge road is also open for biking and walking.

Watchable wildlife change with the seasons. A list of frequently seen birds can be found here. Please remember that animals at the refuge are wild and need to remain so to thrive. Feeding, harassing, touching, and/or approaching wildlife is not allowed. Animals that become overly comfortable or reliant on humans may lose their natural survival instincts and become a threat to visitors.

Accessibility at the refuge is a top priority. If you or someone in your party require an accommodation, please contact the refuge headquarters. A beach wheelchair is available upon request, and wheelchair accessible locations include:

  • Hellcat Interpretive Trail (boardwalk)
  • Pines Trail (crushed stone & earth)
  • Lot 1 beach overlook (boardwalk)
  • Lot 3 beach overlook (boardwalk)
  • Lot 7 beach overlook (boardwalk)
  • Salt Pannes (paved pulled off)
  • North Pool Overlook (unpaved lot)
  • Bill Forward Blind (earth & boardwalk)