Stop by the Visitor Center to explore hands-on exhibits about the wildlife and habitats of the barrier island systems; pick up a map and information about refuge trails and activities; and look through the scopes at birds and wildlife using North Pond.
Driving access is via North Carolina Highway 12, which passes through the refuge.
The refuge Visitors Center is approximately four miles south of the Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet and approximately eight miles north of Rodanthe.
In addition, there are several parking areas off of NC Highway 12 that provide access for Oregon Inlet, the Salt Flats Wildlife Trail, and the North Pond Photo Blind. Parking off the shoulders of NC Highway 12 (within the right-of-way) is allowed unless otherwise posted, but be warned that the sand can be very soft. Stuck vehicles are a near-daily occurrence.