The majority of the accessible Refuge wetlands lay within the Unit 1 management area, which can be accessed through the intersection of Vendel and Bannister Rd. Visitors to Unit 1 can walk the Hardenberger Trail, occupy 2 separate photo blinds (both of which have been recently renovated), or use the observation tower and platform located next to the parking lot. Unit 1 also provides visitors with a small outhouse and a kiosk.
The Headquarters, Visitor Center, newly renovated flush bathrooms and water fountain, and gift shop are located at 906 W Sinclair Rd. While here, visitors can also access the Rockhill Trail, a 2-mile loop. Since its establishment, the refuge has had a fluid relationship with the shoreline and is not completely landlocked due to the shrinking of the sea. Though visitors can still take in sweeping views of the Sea and shoreline from the Rockhill trail which ends on top of an “active” volcano.