Frequently Asked Questions


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  • 1. How do I get to the Refuge?

    Great & Goodman Islands, Broadneck Swamp, Company Swamp and Hampton Swamp are accessible only by boat via the Roanoke River. The closest boat access area's are located in Hamilton, Williamston, and Plymouth and next to the NC Hwy 45 bridge. The Askew, Conine, and Town Swamp Tracts are accessible by vehicle.  Download Refuge leaflet with map. 


  • 2. Is Hunting allowed on the Refuge?

    All Refuge hunting is administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Special hunting opportunities are available for deer, turkey, and waterfowl.  These hunts are limited entry only in order to provide a high-quality hunting experience.  Small game hunting is not limited entry and requires only a valid NC Wildlife Resources Commission small game hunt license.

  • 3. Do you have hiking and wildlife observation opportunities?

    The Kuralt Trail is a <1 mile self-guided trail located just off of NC HWY 13/17N and is handicap accessible.  Conine Island and Askew Tracts are also accessible from NC HWY 13/17. There are two maintained roads and various old logging paths on these tracts that are available for walking - vehicles are prohibited.  Dusk and dawn are optimal wildlife viewing times.  Download Kuralt Trail Leaflet.

  • 4. Is camping allowed on the Refuge?

    Primitive camping is allowed only for permitted hunters within 100 yards of the river on Askew, Conine Island, Broadneck, and Company Swamp tracts. Camping is allowed one day prior to the hunt on the tract for which the hunter is drawn.

  • 5. What should I bring when I visit the Refuge?

    During spring and summer months it is advisable to bring insect repellant and high sturdy boots. Mosquitos, black flies, ticks, and snakes may be encountered during these times. As we are a bottomland hardwood swamp system the area frequently floods so knee boots may be useful. In addition to normal walking/hiking gear you may find that a GPS, compass, and topographical map come in handy. Don't forget your binoculars and camera!