Rules and Regulations

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

A Few Simple Rules

  • Public use of designated trails within the refuge for nature study, hiking and photography is permitted from sunrise to sunset.
  • In an effort to protect delicate habitats, and avoid ticks and poison ivy, we ask that you stay on designated trails.
  • Firearms by permit only during designated hunts and prohibited from federal buildings.
  • Pets - Leashed dogs are allowed on the Carson Trail in Wells. Otherwise, domestic pets, including horses, are not allowed on the refuge.
  • Plants, Animals, and Artifacts - Disturbing or collecting is prohibited. 
  • Comply with all signs posted at public use areas.
  • Camping and fires are not allowed on refuge property.
  • Please do not feed wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national education program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the following skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace:
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.